Women Political Leadership

Welcome to Women Political Leadership
Where we look at the presence of women in African politics.


President of Ethiopia ( October 2018 – Present)

Ethiopian senior diplomat Sahle-Work Zewde was approved as the country’s first female president yesterday, October 25, 2018. Her promotion follows the recent and unexpected resignation of Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome. Although her position is mainly ceremonial, it’s a big win for women, for Ethiopia as the third country in Africa, after Rwanda and Seychelles, to achieve gender parity in their cabinets and for Africa as well.

Joyce Banda

Former Malawi President

Joyce Hilda Banda (née Ntila; born 12 April 1950) is a Malawian politician who was the President of Malawi from 7 April 2012 to 31 May 2014. She is the founder and leader of the People’s Party, created in 2011.

She was Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2006-09 and Vice-President of Malawi from May 2009 to April 2012.
Banda took office as President following the sudden death of President Bingu wa Mutharika.

Bibi Ameenah Firdaus Gurib-Fakim


Bibi Ameenah Firdaus Gurib-Fakim GCSK born 17 October 1959 is a Mauritian politician and biodiversity scientist who served as the 6th President of Mauritius from 2015 to 2018.

Gurib-Fakim is the first woman elected as president of the country and is the third woman to have served as Head of State following Queen Elizabeth II and Monique Ohsan Bellepeau , who acted as President in 2012