The World's Women and Girls 2011 Data Sheet

(March 2011) In which country do 72 percent of women marry before age 18? Worldwide, what percent of girls complete primary school? What is the average number of lifetime births per woman in Niger?

A rich store of data and analysis, including the answers to these questions, is available in the Population Reference Bureau’s new publication,The World’s Women and Girls 2011 Data Sheet.

The situation of women and girls around the world is gaining increased attention in a number of national and international policy commitments such as the U.S. Global Health Initiative and the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals. The World’s Women and Girls 2011 Data Sheet has the latest data on a wide variety of indicators on the socioeconomic status of women and girls in more than 180 countries, with a focus on demography, reproductive health, education, work, and public life. A special section on overcoming barriers to gender equality is also featured.

Indicators include:

  • Percent of women married by age 18.
  • Percent of married women using contraception (any method/modern method).
  • Percent of births attended by skilled personnel.
  • Maternal deaths per 100,000 live births.
  • Percent of adults ages 15-49 with HIV/AIDS (female/male).
  • Primary school completion rate (female/male).
  • Percent enrolled in secondary school (female/male).
  • Percent economically active ages 15+ (female/male).
  • Women as percent of parliament.

Graphics explore issues such as:

  • Household decisionmaking.
  • Violence against women.
  • Ideal number of children.

To request print copies, contact This PRB publication is funded by USAID through the IDEA project. IDEA—Informing DEcisionmakers to Act—increases support among policy audiences for effective health and population programs around the world.