Women-headed households increased by 3% in five years.
Rabat – Women headed 18 percent of Moroccan households in 2017 compared to 15 percent in 2012, reported the National Observatory for Human Development (ONDH).
A higher percentage of households in urban areas are headed by women than in rural areas, ONDH said in a report titled “Human Development Indicators,” which reviewed data from 2012 to 2017 and was issued Thursday. Urban female-headed households rose from 19 percent in 2012 to 21 percent in 2017, compared to a rise to 10 percent from 11 percent in rural areas.
The observatory also noted that declining fertility rates and significant aging will shape the demographic transition of Morocco in the coming years.
Mothers aged 15 to 49 who had given birth in a supervised setting jumped from 82 percent to 88 percent between 2012 and 2017.
The average number of years of education attained by adults aged 25 years and over was 4.8 years in 2017, or 5.8 years for men and 3.8 years for women.