Rabat – In celebration of International Women’s Day, the High Planning Commission released a study on Tuesday entitled “Women and Men in Morocco, 2016.” The publication describes the extent of gender-based disparities in the kingdom.According to the findings of the report, female breadwinners spend more on their families than their male counterparts do. An analysis of data collected in 2007 shows that female heads of household spend MAD 11,801 on their family per year, while male heads of household spend MAD 11,149.Between 2001 and 2007, female poverty decreased from 9.9 percent to 7.4 percent, while male poverty dropped from 16.2 percent to 9.2 percent. The data also shows differences in the age in which women and men get married. While 92.6 percent of men between the ages of 20 to 24 are unmarried, only 53 percent of women in the same age group are single.In urban areas, 26.4 percent of women were in their first marriage in 2014, compared to 24.9 percent of rural women who were in their first marriage.In addition, the figures show that 30.5 percent of urban women are illiterate, while 13.7 percent of urban men are in the same position. The literacy statistics are worse in rural areas – 60.4 percent of rural women and 35.2 percent of rural men were illiterate as of 2014.Women are also more likely to be unemployed in urban areas than in rural ones. The female unemployment rate in cities is 29.5 percent, but the rate in rural areas is 23.5 percent.The report also includes data on the activities of Moroccan women over the age of 60 years old. In cities, 0.5 percent of women over the age of 60 are unemployed, 3.6 percent still work, 44.3 percent are retired, and 40.3 percent are heads of household. Only 0.1 percent of rural women are unemployed, 3.1 percent still work, while 37.2 percent are heads of household and 0.4 percent are retired.
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The government says the high electricity tariff is a temporary measure to cushion losses faced by the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB).Addressing media heads today during a meeting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Power and Energy Minister Pavithra Wanniarachi said that concessions will be given to public from January once the Sampur coal power project and the Norochcholai coal power project as well as new Thermal power projects adds more electricity to the national grid. She said that the Norochcholai coal power plant is expected to add more electricity to the national grid in October.The Minister also said that the Sampur coal power plant will get off the ground in July and by January next year the government will be in a position to pass the concessions to the public. Coal and thermal power is cheaper than hydro power. (Colombo Gazette) She said that a policy decision taken by the government in 1993 not to go for a coal power project and instead purchase electricity from the private sector had resulted in today’s power crises. Last year the Ceylon Electricity Board faced a Rs. 61 billion loss, Minister Wanniarachi said at today’s meeting with the media heads.