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Gabon among top 10 African countries with good laws on women’s rights

Gabon is among the top 10 African countries that have carried out reforms guaranteeing equality, according to the World Bank’s report on “Women, Business and the Law 2022”.

The World Bank report notes that after completely reforming its Civil Code and enacting a law on the elimination of violence against women, Gabon saw its score on the Women’s Rights Council rise from 57 .5% to 82.5%.

As one of five countries in the 48 economies of the sub-Saharan Africa region that have carried out equality reforms in the past year, the report highlights that the reforms give women the same rights as men. men to choose their place of residence and get a job without the permission of the husband.

The reforms removed the requirement for wives to obey their husbands.

Gabon granted housewives the same rights to home ownership and similar administrative authority as men over property acquired during marriage.

The country has also passed legislation protecting women from domestic violence and other reforms allowing women to open bank accounts in the same way as men and prohibiting gender discrimination in financial services.

According to the World Bank, the score gap is very large in sub-Saharan Africa, indicating 89.4% for Mauritius against 29.4% for Sudan.

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