World Bank assesses workplace equality

14 March 2019 | Local News

Namibia has achieved a respectable score in a global study that measured gender equality in laws affecting the workplace.

The report, titled 'Women, Business and the Law 2019: A Decade of Reform', was released by the World Bank shortly before International Women's Day, which was celebrated last week.

The study focused on how women must navigate discriminatory laws and regulations at every point in their careers.

The report ranked Namibia 55th out of 187 countries with a score of 86.25.

Although Namibia lags behind other African countries such as Mauritius (34th) South Africa (49th) and Zimbabwe (51st), it outranked countries such as Kenya (63rd) and Malawi (64th).

The index assessed eight indicators that influence the economic decisions women make during their working lives.

The eight indicators are Going Places, Starting a Job, Getting Paid, Getting Married, Having Children, Running a Business, Managing Assets and Getting a Pension.

It took into account factors such as sexual harassment in the workplace, paid parental leave, women's rights to divorce their husbands, and women's rights to property ownership.

Each country was scored and ranked, with a score of 100 indicating the most equal opportunities. Only six countries were given full marks for all indicators.

Namibia received a score of 100 for Going Places, Starting a Job, Getting Paid, Getting Married and Managing Assets.

But it scored only 75 in the categories Getting a Pension and Running a Business, and 40 in the category Having Children.

The report found that if you are a woman and want to be on an equal footing with men, it's best to live and work in Belgium, Denmark, France, Latvia, Luxembourg or Sweden.

The World Bank, which has tracked legal changes for the past decade, found these were the only countries in the world to enshrine gender equality in laws affecting work. It found that, a decade ago, no country gave women and men equal legal rights.

The country with the worst score when it comes to women's rights was Saudi Arabia.



ELLANIE SMIT

Similar News

 

N$9m to discipline NAC executives

2 hours ago | Local News

Namibia Airports Company (NAC) executive for commercial services Toska Sem has come out guns blazing, saying the disciplinary hearing she underwent was biased. It was...

Thirsty villagers turn to tombo

2 hours ago | Local News

Amarika residents are consuming salty, green water from self-created wells, as well as tombo, as they wait for government to purchase tyres for a tanker...

Celebration amid the gloom

2 hours ago | Local News

Social activist and former parliamentarian Rosa Namises says there is not much to be excited about on Independence Day, while others added that although there...

Booys to stay put

2 hours ago | Local News

Following months of community meetings, protest actions and petitions, a group of Okahandja residents who are demanding that regional councillor Steve 'Biko' Booys be removed,...

Rundu shenanigans continue

2 hours ago | Local News

Acting Rundu CEO Sikongo Haihambo says the town council's failure to elect a third member for its management committee is hindering effective service delivery.Haihambo made...

Public urged to give input on laws

2 hours ago | Local News

The Law Reform and Development Commission (LRDC) has urged members of the public to come forward and share their experiences with laws that have already...

AR a ningi ehololomadhilaadhilo

2 hours ago | Local News

Kwa gandja oshiholelwa sheidhopo mo lyegumbo lyepangelo momvula yo 2015, ndyoka lya yi moshipala oompangela dhokwiikuthila evi okuza koAR, ngashiingeyi ehwahwameko ndyoka olya popi kutya...

State House won't stop us

1 day - 19 March 2019 | Local News

The City of Windhoek has six months to comply with a list of housing and land demands by the Affirmative Repositioning (AR) movement or else...

Chieftaincy battle heads to Supreme Court

1 day - 19 March 2019 | Local News

The Uukwangali Traditional Authority will turn to the Supreme Court this week in the hope of overturning a Windhoek High Court ruling that relieved Eugene...

'Bomb' hits dagga addicts

1 day - 19 March 2019 | Local News

Dagga addicts in Rundu are soaking marijuana in alcohol, before drying out the concoction, known as a 'bomb', and smoking it.A Namibian Sun investigation has...

Latest News

Africa Briefs

2 hours ago | Economics

No end date for Eskom’s power cutsSouth Africa's public enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said yesterday he cannot say yet when rolling blackouts will end, as...

Cob plundering suspects nabbed

2 hours ago | Crime

Leandrea Louw Two men arrested on Saturday for allegedly being in possession of 60 large cob made their first appearance in the Walvis Bay Magistrate’s...

Unfinished pipeline impacts 7 000...

2 hours ago | Infrastructure

About 6 932 people and 33 790 large and 18 395 small stock units are facing thirst, as the agriculture ministry battles to finish the...

Apple unveils new iPad, updates...

2 hours ago | Technology

Sonam RaiApple Inc, in a surprise move on Monday, launched a new 10.5-inch iPad Air and updated its iPad Mini ahead of a March 25...

Climate change and productivity

2 hours ago | Agriculture

Climate change is a long-term change in climatic/weather patterns of the earth or region. Such change is observed in temperature and rainfall patterns, amongst others....

Palladium hits record high

2 hours ago | Business

Palladium surged to a record yesterday as the risk of a ban on some Russian exports added to supply concerns for the autocatalyst metal. Spot...

State supports non-compliant security firms

2 hours ago | Business

Employers and trade unions agree that one of the major issues facing the Namibian security services industry is that some government institutions continue to appoint...

Company news in brief

2 hours ago | Business

Steinhoff ex-chairman open to talksFormer Steinhoff chairman and top shareholder Christo Wiese is open to negotiations over his US$4 billion claim against the company, he...

Agri ministry sidesteps timber issues

2 hours ago | Agriculture

The ministry has sidestepped key questions on whether it will re-implement the ban on the export of unprocessed timber until a local value addition processing...

Load More