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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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Politics United Nations Woman of the week

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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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…


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Sheikh Hasina Wajed, Prime Minister of Bangladesh

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June 12, 2019

Sheikh Hasina Wajed is the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, a position she has held since 2008.

Since she became the prime minister, Bangladesh has experienced rapid economic growth and development. The country is almost self-sufficient in food production and has attained a level of life expectancy that is even higher…


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Sahle-Work Zewde, Ethiopia’s First Female President

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May 22, 2019

Named the 97th most powerful woman in 2018 by Forbes, Sahle-Work Zewde is the current President of Ethiopia, the first female in the history of the country to hold that position.
A seasoned diplomat, prior to her election as President, she was the special representative of the United Nations’ Secretary-General…


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Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund

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May 8, 2019

Christine Lagarde is a French lawyer and politician, and currently the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). She is the first female to hold that position since 2011, and still in the role and serving her second five-year term since 2016. Prior to her appointment as Managing…


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Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations

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April 24, 2019

Amina Mohammed is the current United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, her second appointment in the United Nations. She has previously served as the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Post-2015 Development Planning. She also served as the Minister of Environment in Nigeria from 2015 to 2016. An accomplished…