Gender equality is often pinpointed as a key issue in economic development of emerging economies. The World Economic Forum releases an annual Global Gender Gap Index to rank countries on their progress with regard to achieving gender parity in health, education, political engagement, and economic empowerment. The following are 12 African countries that rank highest for gender equality in the 2014 Global Gender Gap Index.
Numbers reflect countries’ gender equality score. The highest possible score is 1.00 (equality) and the lowest possible score is 0.00 (inequality). Countries’ worldwide rankings out of 142 countries studied, are also listed in parentheses.