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Sex Ratios In Africa: Where Women Outnumber Men, And Vice Versa, And Why It Matters

A country’s sex ratio (the ratio of men to women in the population) tell us something about its history, social fabric and economic make-up, if the top five countries on either side of the split in Africa are anything to do by.


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A woman performs a traditional nomadic dance in Al Koma village, North Darfur at an International Women's Day celebration. (Photo/Albert González Farran/UNAMID).

Global Gender Gap Index 2008: The Africa Picture

The Gender Gap Index works on the assumption that women are strictly disadvantaged compared to men and as such, only measures where women are traditionally disadvantaged to men are used