Mauritius: 'There are more women than men in Mauritius'

Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Statistics Mauritius on Monday indicated that out of a total population of 1,258,653, there were 635,792 women against 622,861 men -- 98 men for every 100 women in 2013 in Mauritius.

In its latest bulletin released Monday, Statistics Mauritius said though women were more numerous in the total population this was not the case in all age groups.

At the younger ages (under 50 years), men were more numerous mainly due to more births of baby boys than girls. In 2013, there were 102.8 male births for every 100 female births.  

It said women live seven years longer than men in Mauritius with life expectancy at birth for women in 2013 was 78 years compared to 71 years for men.

In the health sector, the number of HIV/AIDS cases since 1987 increased to reach 5,768 as at December 2013 of whom 22% were women.

In 2013, 260 newly-detected cases of HIV/AIDS were registered. The proportion of women among the new cases stood at 41.9% compared to 16% in 2006.

Though women are more numerous than men, there are fewer deaths among women than among men. In 2013, 5,237 men compared to 4,203 women died. The crude death rate for 2013 was 8.4 for men and 6.6 for women.

The main causes of death for both men and women in 2013 were diabetes, heart diseases and cancer (neoplasm).

Part of the causes of death for women were breast and uterus cancer, responsible for 5.5% of deaths among women while maternal deaths was responsible for another 0.2%.

Compared to men, women were more likely to die of diabetes but less likely to die of diseases of the liver (0.4%) and to commit suicide (0.4%).

According to the statistics, more women are occupying high positions in government services. The proportion of women in the most senior positions has increased from 23% to 40% over the past 13 years.

In the judiciary, in 2012, women made up 44% of the personnel compared to only 8% at the Mauritius Police Force and an equal proportion at the Mauritius Prisons Department. However, women were more represented at the Probation and After-care service (63%).
-0- PANA NA/VAO 21July 2014

21 july 2014 15:55:15

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