Rwanda has the highest percentage of women in its national legislature in all of Africa.  (Photo credit:
Rwanda has the highest percentage of women in its national legislature in all of Africa.
(Photo credit: is reporting that Rwanda is Africa’s top-performing advocate of gender equality, followed by the Seychelles, Mozambique, South Africa and Botswana according to the 2013 Ibrahim Index of African Governance, released in London on Monday.

The findings were based on the following indicators:

Gender equality

Gender balance in primary and secondary education

Women’s participation in the labor force

Equal representation in rural areas

The number of women in parliament or governance

Women’s economic and political rights

Laws on violence against women

The worst performing countries in the survey were Somalia, followed by Cote d’Ivoire, Chad, the Comoros and Niger.

Find out more about the survey at

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