28 May 2015 11:10am
WINDHOEK, 28 MAY (NAMPA) - 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 Africas 54 countries and rated the top five countries doing well and improving on gender equality as South Africa, Rwanda, Namibia, Mauritius and Malawi.
AfDBs 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.
Its findings will give African leaders, policymakers, economists and civil society the evidence they need to begin dismantling the barriers that prevent women from making a full contribution to the continents development, she noted.
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.
Meanwhile, the report concluded that Africa needs dramatic breakthroughs in productivity, especially in agriculture and small businesses, from where most Africans earn their livelihoods.
It noted that Africa must continue to build on the advances in human development made over the past decade through improved education and better health outcomes. The continent also needs to continue to promote active citizen engagement through inclusive political systems, according to the report.
African women are a necessary part of all of these transformations. In this review, we recognised the important role African women play throughout the development process.
But we also recognised that they face significant obstacles that prevent them from making their full contribution. The price of these constraints is paid not just by women themselves, but by society as a whole, the report added.