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96   In developing regions, the number of girls enrolled in primary and secondary school was 96 for every 100 boys in 2009.

Millennium Development Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women

Target 3A: Eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education, preferably by 2005, and in all levels of education no later than 2015


Indicator 3.1: Ratios of girls to boys in primary, secondary and tertiary education


In developing regions, 96 girls were enrolled in primary and in secondary school for every 100 boys in 2009. This is a significant improvement since 1999, when the ratios were 91 and 88, respectively.

However, only three regions— the Caucasus and Central Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and South-Eastern Asia— have achieved gender parity in primary education (defined as a gender parity index between 97 and 103).

Exceptionally, in Eastern Asia, girls slightly outnumber boys in primary school. Progress for girls has lagged in most other parts of the developing world, and equal access to education in the early years remains a distant target in Northern Africa, Oceania, Southern Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and Western Asia.


Source: The Millennium Development Goals Report 2011

Reference:, p. 20