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Countries across resource-rich sub-Saharan Africa are failing to reap the benefits from their wealth of endowments of oil and minerals due to an “implementation gap” between the laws that govern extractive industries and the practices in reality.

An analysis by the Natural Resource Governance Institute, NRGI of the extractive industries in 28 sub-Saharan African countries reveals that all but two – Botswana and Zambia – are failing to deliver the standards laid down in their laws. Researchers using data from the Resource Governance Index found that in this respect the region performs worse than any other in the world.

This is contained in an extractive sector release issued in London and Accra today by the Natural Resource Governance Institute.

Read more: Poor implementation of laws characterise African natural resource sector

Advocates of gender equality have been urged not to relent in changing the stubborn social norms that create barriers to empowering women and girls to exercise their reproductive rights.

The Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund, (UNFPA), Dr. Natalia Kanem, who said this noted that reproductive health and rights are the foundation of life choices and also the cornerstone of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

he was speaking at a session which discussed the topic, ‘The Power of Breaking Barriers: Systemic change, individual gain’ at the Women Deliver conference held in the city of Vancouver, Canada.

The conference, held under the theme: Power, Progress, Change, was attended by over 8,000 world leaders, influencers, advocates, academics, activists, and journalists from more than 165 countries.

Read more: Barriers against gender equality must give way - Natalia Kanem

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