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Gabon Among Top 10 African African Countries With Good Women’s Rights Laws

The legal reforms in Gabon will not only protect women from harm and discrimination but will also allow women equal economic opportunities.

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

The World Bank report noted that after completely reforming its Civil Code and promulgating a Law on the elimination of violence towards women, Gabon has seen its score on the women’s rights board moved up from 57.5 per cent to 82.5 per cent.

Being among the five countries of the 48 economies of the Sub-saharan Africa region that have carried out reforms in favour of equality during the past year, the report stressed that the reforms give women the same rights as men to choose their place of residence and get a job without the authorisation of the husband.

The reforms have eliminated the obligation for the women to obey their husbands.

Gabon has accorded to housewives the same rights to house ownership and an administrative authority similar to that of the man on belongings acquired during marriage.

The country has equally adopted legislation protecting women against domestic violence and other reforms permitting women to open bank accounts in the same way as men and prohibiting discrimination based on sex in financial services.

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

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