Cape Verde has a good record when it comes to issues of equality; a record that surpasses that of most other African countries. This enviable quality encompasses women, gay and lesbian people; and recent success in the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, demonstrates opportunities are given to people with disabilities.
LGBT holiday-makers will find few destinations to match Cape Verde with its outstanding beaches and variety of activities. The island nation came first in a 2015 survey of 33 African countries, as the continent’s most tolerant country with 75% of those polled unconcerned with having LGBT neighbours. The first annual Gay Pride (one of very few in Africa) took place in 2013, nine years after same sex relationships were legalised (the age of consent is 16 for all relationships).
In the 2015 African Gender Equality Index, Cape Verde rated ninth out of fifty-two countries for empowering women, who are traditionally restricted in many African societies.
Gracelino Tavares Barbosa brought Cape Verde its first ever medal in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. This has raised the profile of people with disabilities and Gracelino expressed his hope that his success would encourage other people with disabilities to enter sport, not only in Cape Verde, but also in the whole of Africa.