6 Promote gender equality and empower women

Where we are?

In 2010, a total of 69,736 students attended vocational schools, of which women made 30.6%.

In the 2010/2011 academic year, of the total number of students attending secondary vocational schools women accounted for 58.2%. Of the total number of students women dominate in such fields of study as health care (86.4%), education (85.7%), economics (67.2%), whereas men prevail in such fields of study as transport (100%), law (100%), industry (70.9%), construction (65.1%), agriculture (56%).

Of the total number of students studying at the higher education establishments women account for 34%. Over 40% of female students specialize in health care (46.3%), arts and cinema (44.2%), economics (46%).

Gender discrepancies in Turkmenistan are observed at the third level of education, namely in high school, where in the 2010/2011 academic year men exceeded women almost 2 times.   


 This MDG update was provided by Turkmenistan’s National Statistical Office in April 2011

Targets for MDG3
  1. Eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education preferably by 2005, and at all levels by 2015
    • Ratios of girls to boys in primary, secondary and tertiary education
    • Share of women in wage employment in the non-agricultural sector
    • Proportion of seats held by women in national parliament