Globally, some advancements regarding women’s rights has been achieved. In South Africa, domestic violence legislation is in place to protect women. Proportion of women aged 20-24 years old who were married or in union before age 18 is 5.6%. As of February 2019, 42.7% of parliament seats are held by women. Moreover, women of reproductive age (aged 15-49 years) often face barriers with respect to their sexual and reproductive health and rights: the proportion of women who have their need for family planning satisfied with modern methods in 2004 year stood at 77.9%.
However, work still needs to be done in South Africa to achieve gender equality. Adolescent birth rate is 71.1 per 1000 population as of 2015, up from 70.6 per 1000 population in 2011. Also, women and girls aged 10+ years spent 15.6% of their time on unpaid care and domestic work compared to 6.5% spent by men.
Achieving gender equality requires bold and sustainable actions that address the structural impediments and root causes of discrimination against women. It also requires targeted laws and policies backed by adequate resources, as well as stronger accountability to fully achieve women’s rights.
Gender data gaps and country performance on the status of women and girls
For this score, we use the 62 female SDGs indicators (79 data series in total) in the Women Count Data Hub’s SDGs Dashboard for the 193 UN Member States. For each indicator, we calculate the 33rd and 66th percentiles of the distribution and based on those two values countries are classified as belonging to High performance, Medium performance and Low performance categories. For more details, see the methodological note, and the Feature article, Use data to take the guesswork out of policymaking
- Low performance
- Medium performance
- High performance
- Missing Data