Gender Statistics, Year 2020

(i) In 2020, the population comprised 639,712 women compared to 626,028 men. Women outnumbered men by 13,684 as they lived on average 6.8 years longer than men.
(ii) Diabetes mellitus, heart disease, cerebrovascular disease and hypertensive disease together accounted for 51.6% of all deaths among men against 55.6% among women.
(iii) Only 11.9% of working women were heads of business compared to 18.6% among men.
(iv) Unemployed women are generally more qualified than their male counterparts: 22.0% among women possessed tertiary qualifications compared to 17.5% men. 
(v) Women are largely under-represented in decision making at higher sphere of society: the number of female ministers was only 3 out of 24.
(vi) The proportion of women in the most senior positions in government services (Senior Chief Executive, Permanent Secretary, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Director, Manager, Judge and Magistrate) was 39.7%.
(vii) Among victims of domestic violence, 87.3% were women and 12.7% were men.
(viii) Some 4,887 men were victims of homicides and assaults compared to 4,229 women whereas 521 women were victims of sexual violence and sexual exploitation compared to 48 men.
(ix) Women participated less than men in sports as high level athletes (65.9% men against 34.1% women).
(x) According to the Global Gender Gap Index (GGI) of the World Economic Forum, Mauritius was ranked 115 out of 153 countries worldwide. The GGI measures gender equality across four key areas, namely: (a) economic participation and opportunity, (b) educational attainment, (c) health and survival and (d) political empowerment.



Statistics Mauritius
Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development
19 July 2021