According to the Global Competitiveness Report, Rwanda is the best place to be a woman in Africa, followed by Malawi, Mauritius and Namibia; and fourth globally after Iceland, Norway and Finland.
The country has the highest representation of women in politics, education and the workplace in Africa.
Rwanda and Women Representation
Across most of Africa and the world, men tend to outnumber women in politics and by extension, but not in Rwanda. Currently, 64% of the Rwandan Parliament is female and has been ranked the highest country in the world with the most women in parliament as of January 2017.
Rwanda is also a global leader in commitments related to the #HeforShe campaign -the global solidarity movement for gender equality, developed by UN women and spearheaded by men in support of justice and equality for women.
Although Rwanda is not perfect yet, according to UN, rates of domestic violence are considered high in the country, it still sets an example for Africa in terms of women’s participation across industries.
Nigeria, however, is the ninth worst place in Africa and the world to be a woman.