Cape Verde possesses a good record when it comes to issues of equality. This small country has achieved more than most other African countries. Women, This aspect encompasses the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities in addition to general human rights.


The Cape Verde team achieved success in the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Gracelino Tavares Barbosa won Cape Verde its first ever medal in the 2016 Paralympic Games. Gracelino hopes that his success will encourage other people with disabilities to take up sport. He wishes this not only for Cape Verde, but also for the whole of Africa. He raised the profile of people with disabilities because of this success.

Gay Cape Verde

LGBTQ holiday makers will find few destinations to match Cape Verde, especially in Africa. The islands have fabulous beaches, a variety of activities and welcome views on issues of equality. This island nation was ranked first in a 2015 survey of 33 African countries because of its attitudes. 75% of the people polled were unconcerned with having LGBTQ neighbours. So ‘gay Cape Verde’ was confirmed as the continent’s most tolerant country. Gay Pride celebrations  started in Cape Verde in 2013 (one of very few in Africa). Cape Verde legalised same sex relationships some nine years earlier (the age of consent is 16 for all relationships). Gay Cape Verde is a great destination for the LGBTQ community.

Female empowerment

Cape Verde ranked ninth out of fifty-two countries for empowering women. Many African societies do not recognise the importance of women. The 2015 African Gender Equality Index identified this fact.

Human Rights

The UN Human Rights Committee praised Cape Verde because its of human rights record in 2012. It was one of very few African Countries to have reached targets in terms of global development. This included creating and maintaining an open society together with freedom of the press. The number of residents living in poverty had fallen from 46% to just 24% at that time. This was quite an achievement for the country especially relevant as it has very few natural resources.

Cape Verde was also reported to be one of few countries where there was little corruption.

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