Sep 13, 2015 Uncategorized Comments Off on Govt Encourages Entrepreneurship and Employment for Women – World Bank (allAfrica.com)
Kenya, Nigeria and Ethiopia are among world economies which have made significant progress in supporting entrepreneurship and employment for women, World Bank has said.
It said only Namibia and South Africa in Sub-Saharan Africa have no legal barriers to women in entrepreneurship and employment while Sudan, Mauritania, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Guinea, Benin, Swaziland, and Senegal have the greatest barriers..
“Sub-Saharan Africa hosts almost a third of the world’s 30 most restrictive economies. The region continues to make progress towards gender equality, with 16 economies making reforms in the past two years,” it said in the Women, Business and the Law 2016 report.
According to World Bank, the report covers 173 economies across the globe, including 41 in Sub-Saharan Africa.
It says Sub-Saharan Africa had the biggest number of economies undertaking reforms by removing legal and regulatory barriers to women’s ability to get a job and start a business.
It says Kenya introduced a new law on matrimonial property that makes both spouses to have equal rights to administering joint property and raised the retiring age for both pensionable men and women to 60 years.
Other world economies without legal restriction for women include Armenia, Canada, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Puerto Rico, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Spain, and Taiwan.
The report says women in the Middle East and North Africa face the most wide-ranging constraints in business and employment.