Ethiopia, Uganda

Women’s Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa

We recently found an interactive graphic that illustrates women’s rights in a variety of areas in countries around the world. Here at Sseko, we’re fortunate to be working in or partnering with companies in three sub-Saharan African countries: Uganda, Kenya +¬†Ethiopia. This month we’re celebrating International Women’s Day, and we wanted to take a look at the areas where women are taking great strides toward equality, and those areas that still need work.

Uganda has strong laws against gender-based discrimination in government and in the workplace, but women don’t have equal footing in regards to inheritance.

Ethiopia has equitable laws regarding property and inheritance. In the workplace, however, women (particularly working mothers) still face a lot of discrimination.

Kenya also gives women equal opportunity to inherit and own property, but has no laws on the books regarding domestic violence and abuse.

You can use this tool to explore women’s rights across the globe, to see where you may agree or disagree with current legislation, and to see where it’s clear that a lot more work needs to be done. Be sure to check out your own country, you may be surprised! Though there are many areas where the international community has taken big steps toward equality, there is still plenty of room to “inspire change.”

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