Women In Leadership- “Africa Is Far Behind” – Dr. Amina Mohammed
” The seeds of success in every nation on Earth are best planted in women and children”. This quote by Former President of Malawi, Joyce Banda is in play as the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Dr. Amina Mohammed has advocated on the need for equality in leadership for women in Africa countries stressing that there should be a partnership with the men counterpart in leading a nation or an issue.
Statistics by the UN women show that only 24.3% of all national parliamentarians were women as of February 2019, a slow increase from 11.3% in1995, also as of June 2019, 11 women are serving as Head of State and 12 are serving as Head of Government.
The Deputy- Secretary-General in a chat with Josey emphasized the need for Africa to have women at the helm of affairs as the President or the Vice-President.
” In Africa at the very helm of affairs were our Presidents and Heads of Government are, we only have the one President in Ethiopia, she is an amazing woman, she is the only one, what we need to see is if you are not the President, you should be the Vice- President, there need to be a partnership in leading a nation or an issue”.
” I think it’s a bit better in some our cabinets not necessarily in numbers in terms of equality but in the portfolios that we are holding, we shouldn’t underestimate the importance of how many women health, finance and agric ministers we have, we are in some strong portfolios”.
She further said that the African Union has set up an initiative to groom African women leaders across the continent adding that Africa is far behind in terms of leadership.
Dr. Amina Mohammed while responding to what the United Nations has done in the fight against COVID-19 said the UN has delivered test kits to different countries across the continent in order to suppress the virus and that it is using its platforms to ensure resources and packages are available to feel in the financial gaps.