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Jendayi Frazer, Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs

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September 18, 2019

An acclaimed professor of African Affairs and International Security, Jendayi Frazer served as the United States Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs between 2005 and 2009. She had previously held prominent political offices, including a brief stint as U.S Ambassador to South Africa, the first female to stake…


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Fatma Samoura, FIFA Secretary-General

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September 11, 2019

Ranked by Forbes as the most powerful woman in international sports in 2018, Fatma Samoura is a Senegalese who currently serves as the Secretary-General for the FIFA, the international highest governing authority in football.  She became the first woman to occupy the position, having been appointed in 2016 by…


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Politics Woman of the week

Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

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September 4, 2019

Known as the most powerful woman in the United States, Nancy Pelosi is the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, the first woman to ever clinch the position in the country’s history. She had previously served in several leadership capacities for the government, including her eight-year stint…


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Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, Prime Minister of Namibia

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August 28, 2019

Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila is the fourth prime minister of Namibia, the first woman to serve in this position.  She first came into the political scene at the young age of 27 years when in 1995 she was appointed the Director-General of the National Planning Commission of Namibia. After serving out…


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Healthcare Woman of the week

Emma Walmsley, CEO, GlaxoSmithKline

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August 21, 2019

Emma Walmsley is the Chief Executive Officer of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), a leading global pharmaceutical company. She attained this position in April 2017, making her the first and only woman to run a major pharmaceutical company.  She is also a member of the Board of the company, having earlier served…


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Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under-Secretary-General & Executive Director, UN Women

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August 14, 2019

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is the Executive Director of UN Women. She has formerly served as Deputy President of South Africa from 2005 to 2008 where she managed programmes targeted at combatting poverty and ensuring that the benefits of a growing economy reach the poor, particularly women. Mlambo-Ngcuka was actively involved…


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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s First Female President, Former President of Liberia

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August 7, 2019

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the former President of Liberia (2006-2018), and first female African head of state.
She is the recipient of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize alongside two women’s rights campaigners, Leymah Gbowee of Liberia and Tawakkul Karman of Yemen ‘for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women…


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Amina Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Kenya

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July 31, 2019

Amina Mohamed is a Kenyan lawyer, diplomat and politician. Former Cabinet Secretary (Minister) for Education, Mohamed has been in public service since 1985. She is the current Cabinet Secretary for Sports in Kenya, having formerly served as the Cabinet Secretary (Minister) for Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the first…


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Philanthropy Woman of the week

Priscilla Chan, Co-founder, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

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July 24, 2019

Priscilla Chan is the Co-founder of Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a philanthropic foundation she founded with her husband, Mark Zuckerberg in December 2015.
The foundation focuses on using technology to prevent and eradicate disease, improve learning experiences for children, and reform the criminal justice system. It also aims to build a…


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Politics Woman of the week

Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand

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July 17, 2019

Jacinda Ardern is the Prime Minister of New Zealand, at 38 years of age the country’s youngest prime minister in over 150 years.

A graduate of Communications Studies from the University of Waikato (2001), Ardern has been globally recognised and praised for the leadership skills she displayed in response to…