Ethiopia’s top court has elected a well-known human rights lawyer Meaza Ashenafi as its first female head. Ashenafi will be leading Ethiopia’s federal supreme court after lawmakers approved her nomination.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed who made the nomination, just last week appointed another female as President. He has also appointed women to occupy half of his cabinet positions.
The new Supreme court leader, Ashenafi in 1995 founded the Ethiopian Women’s Lawyers Association. She has been serving as a judge at the high court.
Meaza Ashenafi played a key role in putting together Ethiopia’s new constitution in the early 1990s.
Ms Meaza was also portrayed in the 2014 Angelina Jolie executive produced movie Difret, about a lawyer who was fighting for the rights of a rural girl who was abducted for marriage.
African countries continue to make efforts in bridging the gender gap in political appointments.
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Rwanda is international recognized for female representation in government. Women in Rwanda make up 43% of its Cabinet and 61% of parliament members.