More men are still accessing economic opportunities than women in Uganda, with the country ranking last in the East African region, according to the 2015 World Economic Forum’s global gender gap report.
The report, released last week, shows that these inequalities spill into what both sexes earn at work, with men earning much more than women. The report notes that despite an additional quarter of a billion women entering the global workforce since 2006, wage inequality persists, with women only now earning what men did a decade ago.
While Uganda’s ranking improved from 88th position to 58th out of 145 nations, the country is still at the tail end of its counterparts in the region and outside the top ten in sub-Saharan Africa.
The report looked at national gender gaps on economic, political, education and health criteria. Uganda was ranked 88th.Rwanda was the best in sub-Saharan Africa, after it came sixth globally.
Burundi was ranked 23rd globally, a drop from the 17th position last year. Kenya and Tanzania were at 48 and 49.
However, Uganda’s dismal performance in the region is not a surprise. In May, a report compiled by parliament’s committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (Cosase) showed that in government parastatals alone, men occupied 73 per cent of the slots on boards.
Some public bodies such as Rural Electrification Agency did not have a single woman on their board, while Uganda Development Bank had just one woman. Of the 11 members serving on the Uganda Coffee Development Authority board, only two are women.