6 Promote gender equality and empower women

Where we are?

 women empowerment
The Queen Mother, HM Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck with UN and government officials during the One Billion Rising (OBR) event. Photo Sonam Tsoki Tenzin @UNDP Bhutan

Bhutan has made impressive progress towards ensuring gender equity in education. Girls’ enrollment as a percentage of the total school enrollment is about 50%, at primary and secondary education level in 2012. At the higher secondary level, the enrollment of girls has been increasing steadily over the years. Girl’s enrollment in the Secondary education has increased from 45% in 2002 to 53.5% in 2012, with the increase of 8.5% since 2002.  

Targets for MDG3
  1. Eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education preferably by 2005, and at all levels by 2015
    • Ratios of girls to boys in primary, secondary and tertiary education
    • Share of women in wage employment in the non-agricultural sector
    • Proportion of seats held by women in national parliament