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2008 NPHC Analytical Report »
»  Analytical Report on Gender Dimension

The relation between gender and development is very critical for a country because it identifies the social roles and relations among women and men of all ages when assessing the level of development. Equal participation of men and women is of paramount importance in order to achieve sustainable economic, political, civil and socio- cultural development.

The results of the analysis indicated that almost the same number of males and females was found in Liberia at the time of the census. There were 670,295 heads of households of whom males were more than female heads at the national, rural- urban and county levels.

Higher proportions of female headed households did not own essential assets compared to the male headed households. In contrast, the male headed households had more deficiency in flush toilets and electricity access compared to female headed households.

Male migrants were slightly more than female migrants. Households headed by females were slightly more common in urban areas than in rural areas where the reverse is true.

Half of the females were reported to have never been to school compared to a third of the males. A smaller proportion of females completed school compared to males. Females living in urban areas were found to have a more completion rate compared to those in rural areas. More males than females dropped out of school due to the civil war in Liberia.

At the time of the census, a higher proportion of males were attending school compared to females. While more males were enrolled than females in the urban areas, there was almost no difference in enrollment between males and females in rural areas. The gap between the males and females who are literate in Liberia is narrow for the age group 10-29 but it increases with age.

A higher proportion of males were paid employees compared to the females at the time of the census. More male headed households were engaged in agriculture compared to the female headed households.

More females compared to males were found in the workforce especially in non professional service sector like accommodation and food services. A higher proportion of females were found to be more affected by disabilities, compared to males.

In conclusion, the analysis revealed the existence of gender disparities in favor of males among various socioeconomic indicators especially in education, employment and ownership of amenities. This implies that there is gender inequality in access to and control of resources and consequently development that is not balanced and sustainable. This is because of low skills and income for females. This situation calls for concerted efforts by government, and all stakeholders to improve and correct these signs of gender imbalances in order to achieve balanced and sustainable development.
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