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One in six households is headed by women in Morocco

Written by FDM

Among over 7 million households identified in Morocco, over 1 million are headed by women, nearly one in six households (16.2%), as highlighted by the High Commissioner’s Office (HCP) in one of their briefing notes on the aspects of women heads of household in 2014. Autonomous, courageous and brave women who were put in this situation following the death of their husband or divorce. The point in 10 numbers.

  • 20.9% of female heads of households live alone compared to 4.6% of their male counterparts.
  • 55% is the number of widowed women who run a household and 14% is the rate of divorcees. On the men’s side, this figure is 1% (widowed and divorced). Other data: 20% are married against 93% of men.
  • 51% of women heads of household are over 54 years old.
  • 65% of these women are illiterate, almost double their male counterparts. 67% have no level of education compared to 35% of men. 17% went to high school or higher compared to 32% for men.
  • 30% is the activity rate of women heads of household against 81% among men.
  • 18.6% of households are headed by women in urban areas (896 091 households) against 11.6% in rural areas (290 810 households)
  • 18.7% (16,838 households) is the rate of female heads of households in the region of Guelmim-Oued Noun . The highest figure of the entire territory. In second place, comes the Beni Mellal-Khénifra region (18% or 93,389 households), followed by Greater Casablanca-Settat (17.4% or 271,463 households) and Rabat-Salé-Kenitra (17.3% or 176,052 households).
  • 13.6% (126,289 households) is the lowest rate of female heads of households across the country. This figure was recorded in Marrakech-Safi. Two other regions are also at the bottom of the ranking: the regions of Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra (15.1% or 11,876 households) and Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima (15% or 119,886 households).
  • On average, 3.4 persons are the number of dependents in a household whose head is a woman compared to 4.8 for men.