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G​ender Statistics,​ Year 2022



(i) In 2022, the population comprised 638,462 wom​en compared to 623,787 men. Women outnumbered men by 14,675 as they lived on average 7 years longer than men.

  1. (ii) Women continue to give birth to fewer children than in the past.

  2. (iii) Both men and women are getting married at an older age and the age difference between them is narrowing over time.

  3. (iv) More women than men were enrolled in tertiary institutions but there were fewer women in research (PhD, MPhil and DBA).

  4. (v) Only 10.4% of working women were heads of business compared to 28.3% among men.

  5. (vi) Unemployed women were equally qualified as their male counterparts: 16.2% women possessed tertiary qualifications, same as men.

  6. (vii) Women are largely under-represented in decision making at higher sphere of society: the number of female ministers was only 3 out of 21.

  7. (viii) 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 38.6%.

  8. (ix) Among victims of domestic violence, 82.1% were women and 17.9% were men.

  9. (x) Some 4,293 men were victims of homicides and assaults compared to 4,150 women whereas 568 women were victims of sexual violence and sexual exploitation compared to 44 men.

  10. (xi) Women participated less than men in sports as high level athletes (64.7% men against 35.3% women).

  11. (xii) According to the Global Gender Gap Index (GGI) of the World Economic Forum, Mauritius was ranked 105 out of 146 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                                                                                                                               

20 July 2023​