Dominica

Overview of Country Gender Equality Status



Normative and Policy Frameworks

Domestic Violence Act

Title

Date Passed

Date Amended

Contents

Key Amendments

Protection against Domestic Violence Act

2001

 

 

 

- Protection Orders

- Occupation Orders

- Tenancy Orders

 

Sexual Offences Act

1998

 

 

 

 

Gender Policy

In existence (Yes/No)

Title

Date

Notes

Yes

 

National Policy and Action Plan for Gender Equity and
Equality

2006

Updated in 2014

 

 

National Strategic Action Plan on Gender Based Violence

In existence (Yes/No)

Title

Date

Notes

No

 

 

 

 

 

Regional and International Human Rights Conventions

CEDAW Convention Optional Protocol

Year Signed/Year Ratified/Ascension (A)

Reporting Status

(Publication Date)

Concluding Observations

Report(s) Due

Year Signed/Year Ratified

15 September 1980/
15 September 1980

 

No report submitted – list of issues generated by the Committee in the absence of Initial & Periodic Reports  – 14 August 2008

43rd Session - 26 January 2009

 

To be determined

Not signed

 

Convention of Belem do Para

Year Signed/Year Ratified

Reporting Status

No Signature Date/
06, June 1995

 

Response to Second Multilateral Evaluation Round (2009-2014)

 

Universal Periodic Review

Reporting Status

Date of Consideration

Outcome of Review

Decision of the Outcome

03 December 2009

7 December 2009

Provided on: 04 January 2010

14 April 2010

 

 

Convention on the Rights of the Child

Year Signed/Year Ratified

Reporting Status (Publication Date)

Concluding Observations

Report(s) Due

26, January 1990/
13 March 1991

1st Report – 15 October 2003

30 June 2004

2nd – 3rd Reports –

1 September 2006

 

 

Population/Demography

Population disaggregated by sex and age

Age Group

Females

Males

Both Sexes

 

Year/Source

No

%

No

%

No

 

0-14

9 987

49.4

10 224

50.6

20 211

2001/Census

15-24

5 360

48.8

5 619

51.2

10 979

25-34

5 156

49.6

5 234

50.4

10 390

35-44

4 394

46.7

5 016

53.3

9 410

45-54

2 888

47.0

3 257

53.0

6 145

55-64

2 350

52.5

2 128

47.5

4 478

65+

3 951

56.3

3 071

43.7

7 022

Not stated

466

47.1

524

52.9

990

Total

34 552

49.6

35 073

50.4

69 625

Adolescent Fertility Rate

(births per 1,000)

48.2

--

--

--

--

2006-2010/UNICEF

 

Life Span

 

 

Years

Years

Years

2012/World Health Organisation

77

72

75

 

 

 

Education and Training

Student population by sex

Educational Level

Female

Male

Total

Year

Net enrolment

 rate (%)[i]

Year

No

%

No

%

No

 

Female

Male

Primary

3 821

48.7

4 030

51.3

7 851

2013

92.0

91.5

2010

Secondary

3 285

50.5

3 222

49.5

6 507

2011

81.5

76.5

2011

Tertiary (per 100,00

inhabitants)[ii]

N/A

--

N/A

--

N/A

--

--

--

--

Source: UNESCO Institute for Statistics

 

 

Labour

Employment status by sex

Employment status

Female

Male

Total

Year/Source

Employed

11 320

15 482

26 802

2011/Country Gender Assessment

Labour Force Participation Rate

41.6%

58.4%

N/A

Unemployed Rate

9.9%

12.3%

11.3%

Part-time employed

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

 

 

 

Employed Population by Economic Sector (2000)

 

Economic Sector

Female

Male

Total

Agriculture & Fishing

814

4 454

5 268

Mining & Quarrying

13

143

156

Manufacturing

811

1 126

1 938

Electricity, Gas & Water Supply

76

334

409

Construction

51

2 403

2 454

Wholesale & Retail Trade etc

2 136

1 752

3 888

Hotel & Restaurants

958

344

1 301

Transport, Storage & Communications

333

1 225

1 558

Financial Intermediations

416

190

605

Real Estate, Renting & Business Activities

278

265

544

Public Admin, Social Security

838

1 647

2 486

Education

1 138

454

1 592

Health & Social Work

1 317

610

1 930

Private Household with Employed Persons

 

684

164

848

Extra-territorial Organisation & Bodies

24

11

35

Not stated

95

115

207

Source: 2000 Population and Housing Census

 

 

 

Leadership and Decision-Making

Number and percentage of women and men in leadership positions

 

Leadership Positions

Female

Male

Total

Year/Source

No.

%

No.

%

Parliament

7

21.9

25

78.1

32

2014/Inter-Parliamentary Union

Appointed chambers (Senate)

N/A

--

N/A

--

N/A

 

Civil Service -

Permanent Secretaries

 

 

 

 

 

 

Civil Service -

Heads of Departments

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chief of Police

--

--

--

--

Accessed Feb 2015/Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police

Judicial appointments

--

--

2

100

2

Accessed Feb 2015/Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court

Magistrates Appointments

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local government leaders

141

41

204

59

345

2013/Country Gender Assessment

Government ministers

5

27.8

13

72.2

18

2014/Caribbean Elections

Leaders of Parties

--

--

2

100

2

Accessed Feb 2015/Caribbean Elections

Deputy Heads of Parties

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speaker of the Parliament

--

--

--

--

 

Head of Government

--

--

--

--

2015/Caribbean Elections

Head of State

--

--

--

--

 

 

 

 

Violence against Women

Number and percentage of intimate partner homicides (2013)

Homicides

 

Female

Male

% of total homicides

Intimate partner homicides

1

0

6.67%

 

Source: ECLAC

 

 

 

Gender and Poverty

Poverty and poverty status of vulnerable populations by sex/age group (based on country’s poverty index/line – EC$6,230 per annum)

 

Age group

Female

Male

Total

Indigenous

Disabled

Elderly

PLHIV

No.

%

No.

%

No.

%

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

 0-14

 

 

 

 

7 404

35.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15-24

 

 

 

 

3 402

16.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25-34

 

 

 

 

1 999

9.6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

35-44

 

 

 

 

2 776

13.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

45-54

 

 

 

 

2 061

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

55-64

 

 

 

 

1 092

5.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

65+

 

 

 

 

2 024

9.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

10 615

28.9

10 144

28.8

20 759

100

49.8% of poor

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

0

0

Source: Country Poverty Assessment – Dominica 2010


 

NOTES:



[i] Net enrolment rate – the number of children of the official school age enrolled in the educational level as a percentage of the total children of the official school age population.

[ii] Formula: 100 000 x (Total number of students enrolled in tertiary education in a given academic year/country’s population).


KEY  

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