* indicates monthly or quarterly data series

Labor force, percent female, 2023:

The average for 2023 based on 46 countries was 44.67 percent. The highest value was in Mozambique: 51.39 percent and the lowest value was in Sudan: 29.57 percent. The indicator is available from 1991 to 2023. Below is a chart for all countries where data are available.

Measure: percent; Source: The World Bank
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Countries Labor force: percent female, 2023 Global rank Available data
Mozambique 51.39 1 1991 - 2023
Burundi 50.82 2 1991 - 2023
Zimbabwe 50.03 3 1991 - 2023
Kenya 49.79 4 1991 - 2023
R. of Congo 49.69 5 1991 - 2023
Angola 49.59 6 1991 - 2023
Uganda 49.44 7 1991 - 2023
Namibia 49.4 8 1991 - 2023
Madagascar 48.72 9 1991 - 2023
Tanzania 48.71 10 1991 - 2023
Malawi 48.47 11 1991 - 2023
DR Congo 48.43 12 1991 - 2023
Togo 48.3 13 1991 - 2023
Ghana 47.96 14 1991 - 2023
Sierra Leone 47.92 15 1991 - 2023
Liberia 47.78 16 1991 - 2023
Botswana 47.49 17 1991 - 2023
Rwanda 47.29 18 1991 - 2023
Swaziland 47.23 19 1991 - 2023
Cameroon 47.22 20 1991 - 2023
Gambia 47 21 1991 - 2023
South Africa 46.98 22 1991 - 2023
Eritrea 46.81 23 1991 - 2023
Ethiopia 46.81 24 1991 - 2023
Benin 45.51 25 1991 - 2023
C.A. Republic 45.35 26 1991 - 2023
Lesotho 45.14 27 1991 - 2023
Burkina Faso 45.02 28 1991 - 2023
G.-Bissau 44.89 29 1991 - 2023
Zambia 44.79 30 1991 - 2023
Cape Verde 44.68 31 1991 - 2023
Nigeria 43.78 32 1991 - 2023
Ivory Coast 43.31 33 1991 - 2023
Eq. Guinea 42.35 34 1991 - 2023
Niger 41.85 35 1991 - 2023
Guinea 41.33 36 1991 - 2023
Chad 40.47 37 1991 - 2023
Gabon 39.83 38 1991 - 2023
Mauritius 39.5 39 1991 - 2023
Senegal 38.73 40 1991 - 2023
Mali 38.21 41 1991 - 2023
Comoros 37.39 42 1991 - 2023
S.T.&Principe 35.29 43 1991 - 2023
Mauritania 33.39 44 1991 - 2023
Somalia 31.25 45 1991 - 2023
Sudan 29.57 46 1991 - 2023



Definition: Female labor force as a percentage of the total show the extent to which women are active in the labor force. Labor force comprises people ages 15 and older who supply labor for the production of goods and services during a specified period.

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