Spotlight on: Powerful African Women

Spotlight on: Powerful African Women

Chief Prosecutor of the ICC, Fatou Bensouda

Fatou Bensouda of The Gambia was sworn in as chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in 2012. Justice Bensouda is the first ever international maritime law expert from The Gambia. She works constantly towards the goal of the ICC, as well as her own personal goal, to hold perpetrators of crimes against humanity accountable and end impunity in the global arena.

African Union Chief, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Minister of Home Affairs in South Africa, became chief of the AU in 2012. Her early advocacy against apartheid in the African National Congress and South African Student Organization forced her to complete medical school abroad. She then worked as health minister and foreign minister in South Africa. In addition to security work in the DR Congo, Comoros, and Lesotho, Dlamini-Zuma has led various UN conferences. In her AU Chief acceptance speech, Dlamini-Zuma said: “My election is not a personal victory but a victory for the African continent in general and for women in particular.”
African Women Ambassadors to The United States
Did you know? A decade ago, women represented 1% of ambassadors to Washington DC. Today, the number is over 15%.

Amina Salum Ali (African Union to the United States, 2007)
Faida Mitifu (DR Congo, 2000)
Purificación Angue Ondo (Equatorial Guinea, 2005)
Maria de Fátima da Veiga (Cape Verde,2007)
Angèle Niyuhire (Burundi, 2009)
Amélia Narciso Matos Sumbana (Mozambique, 2009)
Fatou Danielle Diagne (Senegal, 2010)
Mwanaidi Sinare Maajar (Tanzania,2010)
Sheila Z. Siwela (Zambia, 2010)
Tebelelo Mazile Seretse (Botswana, 2011

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