Ethiopia's Woman President Sahle-Work Zewde Joins Progressive PM Abiy Ahmed To Level Gender Playing Field

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Ethiopia's Woman President Sahle-Work Zewde Joins Progressive PM Abiy Ahmed To Level Gender Playing Field

By Yohannes Gedamu, Lecturer of Political Science, Georgia Gwinnett College; originally published on The Conversation Africa

Since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took over from Hailemariam Desalegn in April 2018, Ethiopia has experienced a rapid pace of political reforms. So far, save for the unfortunate incidents of ethnic violenceacross the country, the changes made by the new administration have been nothing short of breathtaking.

Under Abiy’s leadership, a historic peace deal was reached with neighbouring Eritrea. At home, his administration has freed all political prisoners while also promising to reform some of the country’s harsh laws.

In addition, the new premier has also vowed to transform the country’s state-led economy by outlining a proposal for the partial privatisation of Ethiopia’s state enterprises. Privatisation would open up opportunities for competition, and raise funds for the country’s major development programs.

Most recently Abiy’s ongoing political reforms have included the recognition of Ethiopia’s female leaders. He has taken great strides to ensure that woman are represented in Ethiopia’s political landscape. The last four weeks in particular have seen spectacular breakthroughs. These ranged from cabinet appointments to women being chosen as president, chief justice and press secretary to the prime minister. All unprecedented – in Ethiopia as well as the continent more broadly.

Tony Gum Creates 'Mercurial Aesthetic' Free of Racial, Cultural Or Sexual Oppression

Tony Gum Creates 'Mercurial Aesthetic' Free of Racial, Cultural Or Sexual Oppression

Women artists were more obvious in this year's Art Basel in Miami, and especially at PULSE Miami Beach.

At Christopher Moller Gallery, young Capetown artist Tony Gum, born Zipho Gum, was such a smash in New York March 2016 and then Art Basel Miami December 2016, that she was just named in ArtNet's 14 Emerging Women Artists to Watch in 2017.

Vogue called Tony Gum "the coolest girl in Cape Town", based on her tightly curated Instagram feed. Her Instagram becomes a gallery to communicate with corporate brands like Coca-Cola and Adidas about issues of race, women, pop culture and art through the lens of her own penetrating, clear-eyed, articulate and sophisticated vision.

Memory Banda TED Talks Against Child Marriage & Malawi's Sexual Initiation Camps

Memory Banda TED Talks Against Child Marriage & Malawi’s Sexual Initiation Camps

Watching several TED Talks yesterday, the subject of Malawi’s child brides surfaced again in the passionate TED Woman2015 talk given by Malawi’s Memory Banda. Memory became an organizer in support of the new law against child marriage, and she also introduced me to the topic of ‘initiation camps’. Banda’s sister, who has three children and two failed marriages at age 16, was sent to an ‘initiation camp’ at age 11.

Watch more TEDWoman 2015 presentations.

Hillary Clinton's CNN Brianna Keilar Interview | Women Leaders At Aspen Institute | Women's Soccer $$$ Discriminate | 300 Child Brides Freed In Malawi

Hillary Clinton’s CNN Brianna Keilar Interview | Women Leaders At Aspen Institute |
Women’s Soccer $$$ Discriminate | 300 Child Brides Freed In Malawi
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1. After a disastrous Independence Day photo op gone wrong, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will give her first national TV interview since announcing her presidential candidacy in April.

CNN will air the interview conducted by Brianna Keilar today Tuesday July 7th. Relations between Hillary Clinton and the national press have always been strained, but they reached new levels of strain on Saturday, when Clinton aides literally herded reporters through the streets of Gorham, NH’s Fourth of July parade.

2. America’s women’s soccer team returned home from Vancouver victorious as world champions but seriously underpaid.

3. The Aspen Institute shares great ideas from women who lead, in an exciting presentation of 3-4 minute personal challenges from their recent Aspen Ideas Festival.

4. In Malawi, senior Chief Inkosi Kachindamoto, a woman, annulled over 300 child marriages, saying that for both boys and girls, children should be in school.

5. Writing for Forbes, Carrie Rich of YEC Women, says that ‘Creating Change For Female Leaders Starts With Individual Support’.