In many firsts, Ethiopia elects first woman President and Supreme Court head


Ethiopia elected Sahle-Work Zewde was elected as President and Meaza Ashenafi as President of Supreme Court.

Ethiopia is making sweeping changes in its political system and the inclusion of women in top posts is just an indicator of things to come.

The East African country elected its first woman President with a gender-balanced cabinet last month. Sahle-Work Zewde was unanimously elected to the largely ceremonial post, but that did not deter women in Africa from celebrating the only woman head of state in the continent currently.

Zewde said, “If the reforms we have started are led in equal measure by both men and women, the country will soon forget poverty and backwardness and move toward prosperity. Lawmakers will also head top posts that include Defence, Trade, and Revenue ministries, making up half of the cabinet.

Ethiopia's Meaza Ashenafi is the new Supreme Court President
Meaza Ashenafi – Supreme Court President

Meaza Ashenafi was a judge in Ethiopia’s High Court from 1989 to 1992 and then an adviser to a commission writing up its new constitution. She also helped start Enat Bank, the first women’s bank in the country.

Her achievements created such an impact that a documentary film was made on her work defending child brides from abuse. Difret was widely promoted by Hollywood actor Angelina Jolie.

Source: Yourstory

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