DIARY OF AFRICAN HERITAGE

Women are rising to power around Africa

More countries are turning to black women to take charge

In Summary

• It is no longer a man's world in politics as more and more women take the reins

First female President of Ethiopia, Sahle-Work Zewde
First female President of Ethiopia, Sahle-Work Zewde
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While the world has been distracted by the noise of all those resistant to change, change has been happening anyway.

Several countries have had their first female Prime Minister in the recent past, while some like Tanzania have had their first woman President.

Samia Suluhu is only the third female head of government of an East African Community country, after Sylvie Kinigi in Burundi and Agathe Uwilingiyimana in Rwanda.

This week, the Diary of African Heritage celebrates women rising to power.

First Tanzanian woman President
First Tanzanian woman President
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First woman Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley
First woman Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley
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First woman Prime Minister of Namibia Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila
First woman Prime Minister of Namibia Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila
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First woman Prime Minister of Gabon Rose Raponda
First woman Prime Minister of Gabon Rose Raponda
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First woman President of Trinidad and Tobago Paula-Mae Weekes
First woman President of Trinidad and Tobago Paula-Mae Weekes
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