WINDHOEK: Namibia slipped nine positions to 41st spot on the 2012 Global Gender Index, due to losses in the economic participation and opportunity sub-index.
The report benchmarked national gender gaps of 135 countries on economic, political, education- and health-based criteria, and was issued by the World Economic Forum (WEF) last Thursday.
Last year, Namibia was in 32nd position Global Gender Index.
The highest placed sub-Saharan African country is Lesotho (14th), but it also slipped five places due to losses in wage equality for similar work and estimated earned income, but remains the only country from the region that has closed the gender gap in both the education attainment and health and survival sub-indices.
It is joined in the top 20 by South Africa (16th), while Chad, in 133rd position, is the lowest on the continent. According to the report, no country in the world has achieved gender equality, and that the sub-Saharan Africa region has closed 66 per cent of its gender gap and performs well on the economic participation and opportunity sub-index, ranking just behind Europe and Central Asia and North America.