Women in power


Larissa Duarte, Patrícia Vlaicu, Blanca Ribas and Juan Perez

A new woman is rising in power at Sub-Saharan Africa. Joyce Banda, a champion of women’s rights, has a new and more responsive style of leadership that expects to improve the economy of Malawi.

Malawi's new president

After the death of Malawi’s president, Bingu wa Mutharika, the new president, chosen two days after his death, is a woman. Joyce Banda who was sworn in on April 7 had served as Malawi’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Vice-President in the last years. She was also involved with many base projects with woman with the interest to bring changes, especially in education. She is the second woman to become president in Africa; the first one was in Liberia.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf won her first term in 2005 at Liberia. She is a strong woman that was the contributor for development of her country. Her administration helped the country to reduce its debts through the macroeconomic policies and was commited to prevent unsustainable borrowing. Sirleaf establish a Truth and Reconciliation Commission and in 2011 was winner of the Noble Peace Prize.

The number of woman taking power in the world is increasing and what reflects it is that in sub-Saharan, a continent, and witch is known for its prejudice problems, has countries that are joining the group of those who chooses woman for powerful positions.

Another example of powerful women in sub-Saharan Africa is Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a Nigerian finance minister that was running for the post of World Bank president. Even thou she was not selected for the job the fact that she was seen as an option. A black, African woman was seen as the most qualified for the job, she was the choice of all developing world. Her lost was because she was not an American. But she made efforts to change the tradition that the head of the bank should always be of an American man, and that is a big achievement in itself.

There is a world tendency for women to take power and occupy important positions at the government. Africa is adhering to this tendency, and it shows that the prejudice problems that Sub-Saharan Africa faces are diminishing and might fade away in the future, at the same time that the continent’s developing level is increasing.

Women like Joyce Banda have a fresh and particular view. A new approach to the same knew themes about Africa might be the solution to those problems.

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