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97   In 2009, 97 girls were enrolled in tertiary education for every 100 boys in the developing world.

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 then 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.


At the tertiary level of education, the gender parity index for the whole of the developing world is highest, at 97 girls for every 100 boys.


But it is also where the greatest gender disparity is observed. Among the developing regions, only Eastern Asia and Northern Africa have achieved gender parity in tertiary education. Participation rates are either skewed heavily in favour of boys, as in Oceania, Southern Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and Western Asia, or in favour of girls, as in the Caucasus and Central Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and South-Eastern Asia.


Source: The Millennium Development Goals Report 2011

Reference:, p. 20