Two African women have emerged on the Forbes recently published list—World’s 100 Most Powerful Women. Both women have built their career in Politics and diplomacy.
They are Sahle-Work Zewde, the Ethiopian president, who was the only African on the 2018 list and Nigeria’s Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations. They are ranked #93 and #98 respectively on the list.
In 2017, Africa’s richest woman and daughter of ex Angolan president, Isabel dos Santos, was the only African to make it on Forbes list.
Here are Forbes Highlight About Sahle-Work Zewde and Amina Mohammed.
- In October 2018, Sahle-Work Zewde became Ethiopia’s first woman president and the only serving female head of state in Africa.
- A seasoned diplomat and veteran of the United Nations, Zewde was appointed with a unanimous vote by parliament.
- In her first address to parliament, Zewde promised to be a voice for women and stressed the importance of unity.
- The appointment joins a series of unprecedented shifts as part of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s reforms focused on easing government control.
- Traditionally a ceremonial role, Zewde’s appointment is a tremendously symbolic move for the conservative country, opening the door for gender parity.
- Amina J. Mohammed is the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations.
- She was previously a special adviser to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and was instrumental in setting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
- British-Nigerian by birth, Mohammed served as Nigeria’s environmental minister in 2016, guiding the country’s efforts on fighting climate change.
- She worked in three successive administrations in Nigeria, coordinating programs worth $1 billion annually for development goal-related interventions.
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