Empowering Africa’s Women

As the World Cup approaches, people are seeing not just South Africa but the entire continent as equal partners in this extraordinary global celebration. So, as the world’s eyes turn to Africa, it is important to showcase the key role that that Africa’s women are increasingly playing in the continent’s success - and to highlight remaining barriers to their progress.

JOHANNESBURG – Africa is again high on the global agenda, and this time for all the right reasons. As the kickoff to the World Cup in South Africa approaches, people are seeing not just South Africa but our entire continent as equal partners in this extraordinary global celebration.

So, as the world’s eyes turn to Africa, we should take the opportunity to showcase the key role that Africa’s women are increasingly playing in the continent’s success.

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s election as President of Liberia, the first women elected to run an African country, was symbolic of the progress of women across the continent. We are proud as well that women make up more than 50% of MPs in Rwanda – the highest proportion in the world. South Africa and Lesotho are just two other African countries that sit near the top of the gender-equality league table.

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