Namibia ranks third on African Gender Equality Index

WINDHOEK: Namibia scooped the third place in the inaugural Africa Gender Equality Index published by the African Development Bank Group (AfDB).

This Index covered 52 of Africa’s 54 countries and rated the top five countries doing well and improving on gender equality as South Africa, Rwanda, Namibia, Mauritius and Malawi.

AfDB’s Special Envoy on Gender Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi said in the introduction of the Index report published on its website on Monday that with this evidence base, African citizens will be able to demand more from their governments.

The report noted that Namibia is one of a few countries to use gender-neutral language throughout its Constitution.

The Namibian Constitution guarantees equality before the law and the right to non-discrimination on the basis of sex.

On human development, Namibia ranked fifth, while Mauritius is first followed by Tunisia, South Africa and Botswana.

On laws and institution, Namibia scored fifth place, with Mauritius in first place followed by Rwanda and South Africa.