The Feminization of African Politics by Fatima Al Ansar & Shona Bezanson

Ethiopia and Rwanda are leading African governments’ efforts to boost gender parity in politics, but other countries on the continent are not far behind. These countries’ deliberate policies are essential not only for the sake of fairness, but also for ensuring Africa’s long-term prosperity.

BAMAKO/TORONTO – Last month, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed appointed a new cabinet; ten of the 20 positions went to women. One week later, the country’s parliament unanimously elected Sahle-Work Zewde to become Ethiopia’s first female president, and a week after that, lawmakers appointed Meaza Ashenafi to serve as the first female Supreme Court president.

Ethiopia is not alone. Rwandan…

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