43% of Bulgaria's Women Prone to Poverty, Social Exclusion

Bulgaria in EU | March 7, 2012, Wednesday // 18:19|  views

43.3% of Bulgaria's women were at risk of poverty or social exclusion in 2010, the highest percentage in EU, according to Eurostat data released ahead of the International Women's Day.

A total of 24.5% of all 257 million women in EU ware at risk of poverty or social exclusion, while the same risk existed for 22.3% of all men.

In Bulgaria, 39.8% of all men were at risk of poverty or social exclusion.

The proportion of women at risk of poverty or social exclusion was higher than for men in all Member States. The largest differences between women and men were recorded in Italy (26.3% for women and 22.6% for men), Austria (18.4% and 14.7%) and Slovenia (20.1% and 16.5%), and the smallest in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Hungary (all with differences of less than 1 percentage point).

The employment rate for women aged 25 to 64 was 63.8% in the EU27 in 2010, while it was 77.5% for men, a difference of 13.7 percentage points. This difference diminishes as the education level increases.

In Bulgaria, the total employment rates of women and men aged 25 to 64 were 64.6% and 71.8% respectively, a difference of just 7.2 percentage points.

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Tags: women, men, gender, International Women's Day, employment, poverty


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