CAIRO: The number of women in Egypt’s workforce stood at 23.5 percent in 2014, the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS,) said in a Tuesday report.
A total of 27.3 percent of women in Egypt’s workforce work for the public sector, mainly in health sector, said the report, which was published on International Women’s Day.
According to an earlier report issued by CAPMAS in Dec. 2015, the number of Egyptian women reached 44.1 million, making up around 50 percent of Egypt’s population of 90 million.
Rates of illiteracy among Egyptian women stood at 33.1 percent in 2014 down from 33.5 percent in 2013, while it reached 17.8 percent in 2014 down from 18.5 in 2013 among men, according to the report.
Women’s representation in Egypt’s syndicates reached 35.8 percent, adding that women represent 15 percent of Egypt’s parliament members.
A woman has an average life expectancy of 72.9, compared to 70.1 for men, the report added.
Finally, Egypt’s unemployment rate stood at 12.8 percent in the third quarter of 2015 down from 13.1 percent in the same period a year earlier, said the report.