Gender and Labour in Saint Lucia: Brief
St Lucia’s Quarterly Labour Force Surveys of 2012 suggest that the educational achievements of women aged 15 years and above are noticeably higher than those of men in the same age group. Thus 12 percent of women record having a diploma, certificate or degree with a further 31 per cent having a General Certificate of Education (GCE), whereas the comparable percentages for men are 8 and 27 percent respectively. The gender differences are even larger for young people aged 15 to 29 years. Among young women, 11 percent have a diploma, certificate or degree and 55 percent have a GCE; among young men, the percentages are 6 and 48 respectively. Women’s average education achievements were already higher than men’s in 2005/2006, the earlier date covered in this paper.