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10% The estimated proportion of land owned by women compared to men in parts of sub-Saharan Africa

Target: Eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education, preferably by 2005, and in all levels of education no later than 2015

Millennium Development Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women

Although there are even fewer statistics on gender asset gaps than on wage disparities, the evidence available suggests that the pattern of discrimination is broadly similar across the developing world. A study covering five Latin American countries indicates that women own only a fraction of the land compared with men. In other regions where data are available, women face similar inequalities. For example, in Cameroon, while women undertake more than 75 per cent of agricultural work they own less than 10 per cent of the land. Comparable disparities have been identified in Kenya, Nigeria, the United Republic of Tanzania and other countries in sub-Saharan Africa. 18 in Pakistan, research reveals that women owned less than 3 per cent of plots in sampled villages, despite having the right to inherit land in most villages.

Source:  UNICEF, The State of The World’s Children 2007-The Double Dividend of Gender Equality, New York, 2006.



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