Zainab Usman


Fauzia Yusuf Haji Adan is set to become Somalia’s first female Foreign Minister in newly elected Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon’s cabinet. Her appointment along with that of Maryam Qasim as Social Development Minister in the Somali ministerial cabinet while “historic” for Somalia, follows the recent trend across most of Africa where an increasing number of women are acquiring more access to positions of power.

African women have certainly come a long way. This much was underscored by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation’s 2012 Index on Good Governance published on 15 October 2012 which revealed that considerable progress has been made in the area of women’s rights, at least in terms of women in positions of power.

The notable ones in such positions include:

  • Two Female African Heads of State: Joyce Banda of Malawi and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia
  • Nobel Peace Prize Winners: the late Wangari Mathaai (Kenya)…

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