Gender Equality Strategy Statistical Indicators
Northern Ireland Gender Equality Indicators
Aims and objectives
The update of the Gender Equality Strategy Statistical Indicators published in 2011 provide a range of gender statistics relating to areas such as education, employment, income, poverty, caring, health, transport, violence and crime, and decision making roles. The purpose of the indicators is to provide an overview of changes to the relative position of women and men across a range of policy areas and to facilitate an interim review of the Gender Equality Strategy by providing a broad contextual picture charting trends over time. The indicators will be used to measure change in the longer term in the position of men and women, and will facilitate the assessment of progress in tackling gender inequalities and promoting gender equality.
Results and impact
The 2011 report found, for instance, that the gender gap in the proportion of school leavers with no GCSEs narrowed considerably, with 2.7% of males and 1.5% of females obtaining no GCSEs in 2009/2010. While the performance of both males and females has gradually improved since then, the gender difference remains, with 78.3% of females and 65.4% of males achieving this level of qualification in 2009/10. Male earnings were found to be consistently higher than females, reflecting the persistent differences in hours worked between males and females. The report also noted that whereas in 1997, one in 10 of the Northern Ireland Senior Civil Service were female and 9 out of 10 were male, in 2010 the figures were 31% female and 69% male.
Northern Ireland Office
The indicator pursued is that of gender disaggregated statistics across a range of policy areas which provide a description of the relative position of men and women in relation to specific areas of policy, though do not measure performance. The findings of the 2011 report deal with education, employment, pay and earnings, income and poverty, childcare, health, transport, violence and crime, and decision making roles.
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