Namibia 10th in Global Gender Gap Report

20 Dec 2018 15:50pm
WINDHOEK, 20 DEC (NAMPA) – Namibia has been ranked 10th out of 149 countries in the Global Gender Gap Report for 2018.
This, the report indicated, was because Namibia managed to narrow its political empowerment gender gap due to an increased share of women in parliament.
The report by the World Economic Forum (WEF) released on Tuesday measures the relative gaps between women and men across areas of health, education, economy and politics, but does not seek to set priorities for countries.
According to the report Iceland is the most gender-equal country to date, as it closed over 85 per cent of its overall gender gap, followed by Norway at 83,5 per cent; while Sweden and Finland are at 82,2 per cent.
Rwanda which ranks sixth and Namibia are the only two Sub-Saharan countries to make the top 10.
The report said Namibia saw significant advances in women’s share of parliamentary seats, where it ranks fifth globally, while the health and survival gender gap has remained fully closed since 2013.
Rounding out this year’s top performers, Namibia climbed three spots and entered the index’s global top 10 list for the first time.
The WEF explained in the report that Namibia closed nearly 79 per cent of its overall gender gap - an improvement of more than 10 per cent since 2006.
Yemen ranked 149th (last) for gender equality in the world as it still had 97 per cent of the gap to bridge.