Women, business and law index: Togo is 63rd in the world and 7th in Africa

Economic governance
Thursday, 27 February 2020 18:18
Women, business and law index: Togo is 63rd in the world and 7th in Africa

(Togo First) - Togo is now the 63rd (out of 190) country on the World Bank’s women, business and law index. The latter measures the legal differences on access to economic opportunities between men and women in 190 economies. It is based on the eight following indicators: Mobility, workplace, pay, marriage, parenthood, entrepreneurship, assets, and pension. 

The population surveyed answered questions such as Can a woman choose where to live in the same way as a man? Can a woman travel outside her home in the same way as a man? Can a woman apply for a passport in the same way as a man?  Can a woman get a job in the same way as a man? Does the law prohibit discrimination in employment based on gender? Is there legislation on sexual harassment in employment?  Does the law mandate equal remuneration for work of equal value? 

With a score of 84.4 over 100, Togo is 7th in Africa on the ranking, behind Mauritius (1st in Africa and 34th worldwide with a score 91.9 pts), South Africa (88.1 pts), Zimbabwe, Cape Verde, Tanzania, and Namibia. In West Africa, Togo is the second-best in terms of equal access to opportunities for men and women, right after Cape Verde. 

In the world, the first eight countries towering this ranking are Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Latvia, Luxembourg, and Sweden. The last eight for their part are Muslim nations. 

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