In the Amazon, Women Are More Educated than Men, but Still Suffer from Unemployment

Research was carried out by Instituto Amazônia 2030, an initiative led by Brazilian researchers

São Paulo

When it comes to the labor market, inequality between men and women is present throughout Brazil.

However, women in the Amazon face even more unfavorable scenarios than in the rest of the country, according to a study completed at the end of March.

The analyzed region corresponds to 58.9% of the Brazilian territory and is composed of 772 municipalities distributed in Rondônia, Acre, Amazonas, Roraima, Pará, Amapá, Tocantins, Mato Grosso, and Maranhão.

Amazônia 2030 Institute carried out the research, which is an initiative led by Brazilian researchers to develop an action plan in the Amazon.

In terms of education, they are ahead. In the Legal Amazon, about 60% of the women who make up the workforce have completed high school or more. Among men, the share is 40% of men.

Even if they are more educated, gender inequality appears mainly in the difficulty of entering the job market, with fewer opportunities for women compared to men, when compared to the rest of the country.

Figures show that in 2019, women over 15 had just 42.4% occupancy rates – men had 65.4%.

The survey was carried out based on data from the IBGE's Continuous National Household Sample Survey, from 2012 and 2021.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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