Meet 3 Of Africa’s Young Female Ministers
In most African countries, if not all, females struggle to get to top positions that are often dominated by men.
However, lately we have seen that things are slowly changing as women now know how to fight for their rights and voice their opinions.
With all that being said, women in three countries have celebrated as young and well recognized women were appointed ministers in their respective countries. Meet Africa’s young ministers from Zimbabwe, Mali and Botswana:
Mali’s 35-year old foreign minister (Kamissa Camara)
Camara, who recently left her illustrious career in the United States to serve her country has previously described herself as an ‘American woman who was born and raised in France by West African parents’.
She worked with the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. Department of State to train U.S. diplomats travelling to sub-Saharan Africa on the political, security, institutional and governance challenges facing the continent.
Camara holds a B.A. in Applied Foreign Languages, specializing in International Relations from Université Denis Diderot (Paris, France) after completing a B.A. in Applied Foreign Languages, specializing in International Relations from Université Denis Diderot (Paris, France).
Zimbabwe’s 34-year old sports minister (Kirsty Coventry)
Last week, Zimbabwe’s president, Emmerson Mnangagwa named a 20 member cabinet, tasked with the herculean task of fixing an economy that was shattered by controversial national and foreign policies during Robert Mugabe’s rule.
While the finance minister, Mthuli Ncube has grabbed all the headlines as he outlines his plans for the economy, several Zimbabweans were impressed by Mnangagwa’s choice of youth minister.
34-year-old Kirsty Coventry, who won a swimming Olympic gold medal for her country, was the surprise pick for the Youth, Sports, Art and Recreation docket.
Botswana’s 30-year old investment minister (Bogolo Joy Kenewendo)
In April this year, Botswana’s 30-year-old minister for Investment, Trade and Industry became an internet sensation as young people across Africa saw her as a beacon of hope for youth representation at the highest level in politics.
Bogolo Joy Kenewendo, who became Botswana’s youngest ever minister, had made history as the youngest MP when she was appointed by the former President Ian Khama in 2016.
Kenewendo who holds an MSc in International Economics from the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom, is passionate about development, poverty eradication, reducing inequalities and empowering women and youth.
She founded Molaya Kgosi, a women leadership and mentor-ship programme which was inspired by the young African women leaders’ forum which was hosted by Michelle Obama in 2011.
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