2019 results in Africa

The SIGI 2019 shows that clear progress has been made with political commitments to eliminate gender inequality. New legislation enhances equality and abolishes discriminatory laws, including through gender-transformative programmes and action plans. However, political commitments, legal reforms and gender-sensitive programmes in many countries are still not being translated into real changes for women and girls. Gender-based discrimination remains a lifelong and heterogeneous challenge for women and girls. Locally designed solutions combined with adequate legislation are needed for more social change to take hold.

The fourth edition of the SIGI ranks 120 economies included in the classification below. The remaining 60 countries are not ranked due to missing data for one or more indicators. Countries and territories are grouped by level of discrimination, to assist the interpretation of the data and results.

The table is interactive and allows sorting economies by region, sub-region, alphabetically or by their level of discrimination in the SIGI.

 

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Region Sub-region Countries/Territories SIGI 2019 Category sort icon SIGI Value 2019 Discrimination in the family Restricted physical integrity Restricted access to productive and financial resources Restricted civil liberties
Africa Sub-Saharan Africa South Africa Low 22.4% 33.2% 15.1% 19.6% 21.0%
Africa Sub-Saharan Africa Mozambique Low 24.3% 32.0% 15.5% 15.3% 32.9%
Africa Sub-Saharan Africa Namibia Low 27.1% 33.1% 12.6% 26.2% 35.1%
Africa Sub-Saharan Africa Rwanda Low 27.6% 38.0% 21.4% 26.5% 23.5%
Africa Sub-Saharan Africa Ethiopia Low 29.6% 34.8% 30.8% 34.0% 17.9%
Africa Sub-Saharan Africa Zimbabwe Medium 32.4% 42.8% 20.2% 34.3% 30.9%
Africa Sub-Saharan Africa Burkina Faso Medium 32.4% 44.9% 35.5% 32.9% 13.8%
Africa Sub-Saharan Africa Ghana Medium 34.5% 59.5% 20.2% 30.7% 22.7%
Africa Sub-Saharan Africa Zambia Medium 34.8% 40.7% 27.6% 28.2% 41.8%
Africa Sub-Saharan Africa Kenya Medium 35.5% 50.5% 28.9% 42.2% 17.2%
Africa Sub-Saharan Africa Senegal Medium 37.0% 64.9% 41.9% 27.6% 3.6%
Africa Sub-Saharan Africa Lesotho Medium 38.1% 46.5% 26.9% 40.5% 37.6%
Africa Sub-Saharan Africa Democratic Republic of the Congo Medium 39.5% 53.0% 35.1% 46.4% 20.7%
Africa Sub-Saharan Africa Benin Medium 39.8% 40.5% 27.7% 36.2% 53.3%
Africa Sub-Saharan Africa Gabon High 40.1% 50.5% 37.3% 45.5% 25.6%
Africa Sub-Saharan Africa Malawi High 41.4% 38.5% 24.1% 37.4% 61.9%
Africa Sub-Saharan Africa Central African Republic High 43.4% 56.4% 24.5% 35.1% 54.2%
Africa Sub-Saharan Africa Uganda High 45.1% 54.0% 34.3% 61.4% 26.6%
Africa Sub-Saharan Africa Chad High 45.4% 55.8% 32.2% 61.9% 27.2%
Africa Sub-Saharan Africa Nigeria High 46.0% 54.8% 32.0% 41.4% 53.9%
Africa Sub-Saharan Africa Mali High 46.0% 63.5% 48.4% 39.9% 28.9%
Africa Sub-Saharan Africa United Republic of Tanzania High 46.1% 80.6% 28.5% 30.0% 35.2%
Africa Sub-Saharan Africa Liberia High 47.5% 60.0% 33.5% 41.5% 52.8%
Africa Sub-Saharan Africa Madagascar High 47.5% 57.2% 31.6% 39.2% 59.4%
Africa Sub-Saharan Africa Sierra Leone High 47.6% 53.7% 50.4% 44.8% 40.9%
Africa Northern Africa Tunisia High 47.6% 79.9% 9.4% 35.0% 52.8%
Africa Sub-Saharan Africa Togo High 49.5% 63.1% 24.7% 43.5% 62.0%
Africa Sub-Saharan Africa Côte d'Ivoire High 42.8% 29.7% 35.6% 76.1% 20.4%
Africa Northern Africa Morocco Very high 50.8% 73.4% 25.7% 37.8% 59.3%
Africa Sub-Saharan Africa Cameroon Very high 51.8% 51.1% 26.3% 77.7% 45.4%
Africa Sub-Saharan Africa Guinea Very high 56.7% 87.7% 56.9% 28.2% 44.4%
Africa Sub-Saharan Africa Angola Not applicable N/A 47.2% 19.0% N/A N/A
Africa Sub-Saharan Africa Burundi Not applicable N/A N/A 31.9% N/A N/A
Africa Sub-Saharan Africa Botswana Not applicable N/A 39.6% N/A 39.9% 52.4%
Africa Sub-Saharan Africa Republic of the Congo Not applicable N/A 42.8% N/A N/A 58.3%
Africa Sub-Saharan Africa Cabo Verde Not applicable N/A 36.8% 9.9% N/A N/A
Africa Sub-Saharan Africa Djibouti Not applicable N/A 72.9% N/A N/A N/A
Africa Northern Africa Algeria Not applicable N/A 79.9% N/A 41.2% 61.3%
Africa Northern Africa Egypt Not applicable N/A 78.6% N/A 64.6% N/A
Africa Sub-Saharan Africa Eritrea Not applicable N/A 42.0% N/A N/A N/A
Africa Sub-Saharan Africa Gambia Not applicable N/A 87.8% 44.9% N/A 48.4%
Africa Sub-Saharan Africa Equatorial Guinea Not applicable N/A 63.9% 37.5% N/A N/A
Africa Sub-Saharan Africa Guinea-Bissau Not applicable N/A 59.7% N/A N/A N/A
Africa Sub-Saharan Africa Comoros Not applicable N/A 80.9% 28.2% N/A N/A
Africa Northern Africa Libya Not applicable N/A 40.8% N/A N/A N/A
Africa Sub-Saharan Africa Mauritania Not applicable N/A 88.1% N/A N/A 52.2%
Africa Sub-Saharan Africa Mauritius Not applicable N/A 52.7% N/A 19.2% 40.7%
Africa Sub-Saharan Africa Niger Not applicable N/A 84.4% N/A N/A 25.6%
Africa Sub-Saharan Africa Seychelles Not applicable N/A 40.7% N/A N/A N/A
Africa Northern Africa Sudan Not applicable N/A 89.9% N/A N/A N/A
Africa Sub-Saharan Africa Somalia Not applicable N/A 76.2% N/A N/A N/A
Africa Sub-Saharan Africa South Sudan Not applicable N/A 60.5% N/A N/A 23.2%
Africa Sub-Saharan Africa Sao Tome and Principe Not applicable N/A 16.4% 13.8% N/A N/A
Africa Sub-Saharan Africa Kindgom of Eswatini Not applicable N/A 59.2% N/A N/A N/A