South Africa, Rwanda & Namibia lead Africa in gender equality

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The African Development Bank’s (AfDB’s) recently launched African Gender Equality  Index measures gender equality in economic opportunities, human development and in laws and institutions on a scale of 0 (Low) to 100 (High). South Africa (75%), Rwanda (74%) and Namibia (73%) provide Africa’s best gender equality. South Africa is 3rd on the human development sub-index (scoring 92%) and Rwanda is 2nd on the Laws & Institutions sub-index with 68%. Excluding North Africa, the impact of women on African economic development is high with female labour participation rates reaching 85% to 90% in countries such as Burundi, Tanzania and Rwanda. Read more here…