Aminata Touré, the first woman Prime Minister of Senegal

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Aminata Touré, the first woman Prime Minister of Senegal

Wednesday, 4th September, 2013.  The Women for Africa Foundation congratulates Aminata Touré on her recent appointment as Prime Minister of the Government of Senegal, making her the second woman to hold this position after Madior Boye held the same responsibility between March 2001 and November 2002.

Touré is an economist by profession, and until a few days ago she was the Minister of Justice in Abdul Mbaye’s outgoing cabinet. She held the post for 17 months and handled major corruption cases.

In her extensive career, there is also the noteworthy work she carried out as a UN expert in several countries and her management between 2003 and 2010 at the head of the human rights department of the UN’s Population Fund (UNFPA), where she concentrated on combating AIDS and on backing family planning and assisted reproduction.

Aminata Toure's appointment represents a milestone for African women in occupying positions of high political responsibility on the continent. Currently, there are only two women presidents in Africa: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in Liberia, who is now in her second term, and Joyce Banda in Malawi.

Upon being appointed, Touré said that her priority is to promote President Sall’s reform agenda, to continue working for the development of her country (Senegal ranks 154 out of 187 countries in the UN’s Human Development Index), and to make the citizens the main concern of the government’ work.

Women for Africa welcomes the appointment of Aminata Touré and points out that this has taken place soon after a law for equality has come into force that provides for gender parity in Senegal’s elective-based institutions.

 

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