12 Of The Most Influential Female Politicians In Africa

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Written by Keren Mikva

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in Dubai Speaking to All Africa
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in Dubai Speaking to All Africa

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia

She was the first ever female head of state in Africa and has served as president of Liberia since her election in 2005. She was re-elected for her second term on November 8, 2011 in a presidential run-off.

She has dedicated much of her presidency to combating the national debt, promoting national unity, establishing strong international allies, and prioritizing education and health care.

She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011, along with Leymah Gbowee of Liberia and Tawakel Karman of Yemen, for their enduring work towards women’s rights and peace building.

She is the current Chairperson of African Leaders Malaria Alliance, an intergovernmental organization that is leading the fight against malaria in Africa.