The Central Agency for Public for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS) issued a report on Thursday, on the occasion of the International Women’s Day, stating that the number of females in Egypt reached 47.5 million compared to males, who are 50.5 million in January 2019.
International Woman’s Day is celebrated annually on 8 march, praising women’s role in society.
The CAPMAS added that at the national level, the number of marriage contracts decreased to 887,315 in 2018 compared to 912,606 in 2017, while divorce rates increased to 211,521 in 2018, compared to 198,269 in 2017.
It added that according to a report from the labour force in 2018, females contribute to the labour force with less than a quarter to record 20.9%, with males representing 79.1% of the labour force.
Meanwhile, the rate of unemployed females is 21.4%, compared to 6.8% for males.
The report added that the rate of females participating in the social insurance system is 72.0%,
compared to 43.2% for males, while the rate of females participating in health insurance is 69.4% compared to 36.6% for males.
Moreover, it added that women received eight ministerial portfolios representing 24% of the cabinet, and the number of female judges reached 66 judges out of a total number of judges which is 9,694.
The CAPMAS report said that the rate of women represented at the diplomatic and consular corps is 24.8%, additionally the rate of females chief editors in national newspapers reached 18%, while they reached 12.5% of national newspapers board members and represent 7.7% of members of the National Press Authority.
The ministry of planning has issued an infographic showing that in the first quarter of the fiscal year 2018/19 in sustainable development goals regarding eradicating poverty, 89% of the women benefited from the programme of solidarity and dignity.
It added that the programme helped in funding 58,300 projects for women through the Project Development Authority.
Furthermore, it added that the aim of good education included registering of 11.7 million female students, and 66,000 benefited from awareness programmes regarding the risks of dropping out.