Sierra Leone among the Worst Countries for Women in West Africa


The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security released its second Global Women, Peace and Security Index at United Nations Headquarters this week. The 2019 list ranks 167 countries on their progress on equality, well being, and empowerment in homes, communities, and societies.

We looked specifically at how West African nations ranked by their overall index score. Below are the rankings with the best countries for inclusion, representation of government, employment,  financial access, and education at the top. Countries lower down the list report higher levels of insecurity, intimate partner violence, and women experience more discrimination. Sierra Leone ranks among the worst countries for inclusion, justice, and security.

Only one West African country features in the top 100. More than ten places below South Africa (66) and Zimbabwe (74) comes in  Ghana (78), tied with Laos. Togo follows at (113), with Senegal (114) tied with Turkey; and then Benin (116).

Gabon is ranked at (124), The Gambia (126), Sao Tome and Principe  (127), and Equatorial Guinea (130). Guinea is tied at (133) with Morocco and India. 

Trailing  behind them all are Burkina Faso (136), Ivory Coast (138),  Liberia (144), Nigeria (146), Cameroon (148), Congo (149), Mauritania (151), Sierra Leone (153), Niger (155), Mali (159), Central African Republic (160), and the Democratic Republic of Congo (161).

West African countries in the 2019 Women, Peace, and Security Index:

Ghana 78
Togo 113
Senegal 114
Benin 116
Gabon 124
The Gambia  126
Sao Tome and Principe 127
Equatorial Guinea 130
Guinea133
Burkina Faso  136
Ivory Coast 138
Liberia 144
Nigeria 146
Cameroon 148
Congo 149
Mauritania 151
Sierra Leone 153
Niger 155
Mali 159
Central African Republic 160,
Democratic Republic of Congo 161

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