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Girls not at Primary School

Map No. 201

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The territory where there is the biggest absolute gap between the enrolment of girls and boys in primary education is India. In India there are about 8 million fewer girls than boys enrolled in the first five years of education, ten times the number in any other territory.

Other territories where there is a big difference in the percentages of girls and boys enrolled in primary education are: Yemen, Chad, Benin and Niger. The 2.5 million fewer girls than boys enrolled in Northern Africa are just part of the 9 million girls that could be enrolled in the first five years of education there, but are not.

"That’s the main fear, that tomorrow you’ll be faced with a woman who says ‘No, I don’t want to’ to her parents, her husband and so on." Hasna Maki, 2004

Territory size is proportional the world distribution of the excess male over female enrolment in primary education.


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