(i) In 2012, the population comprised 655,300 women compared to 635,800 men. Women outnumbered men by 19,500 as they live on average seven years longer than men.
(ii) Women are more likely than men to be widowed, divorced/separated and unemployed.
(iii) Diabetes, heart disease and cancer together accounted for 60.6% of causes of deaths among women against 68% of men’s deaths.
(iv) Disability prevalence is higher amongst the female population. In 2011, out of every 1,000 females, 49 were disabled against 47 males out of every 1,000
(v) Men are more literate than women. However, the literacy gap between men and women has narrowed from 7.2 percentage points in 2000 to 5.0 percentage points in 2011.
(vi) Employed women work on average six hours less than men.
(vii) More women are occupying high positions in government services. The proportion of women in the most senior positions was 39%.
(viii) Domestic violence against men is on the increase, though women are more likely to be victims.
(ix) In 2012, Mauritius ranked 70th out of 146 countries according to the Gender Inequality Index of the UN. The index reflects inequality in achievements between women and men in reproductive health, empowerment and the labour market.