Here are Africa’s most powerful women who have held top international jobs

Mweha Msemo Jun 8, 2018 at 08:39am

June 08, 2018 at 08:39 am | Women

Mweha Msemo

Mweha Msemo | Contributor

June 08, 2018 at 08:39 am | Women

Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro

She is a Tanzanian politician and diplomat who was the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations from 2007 to 2012. She was appointed as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa on 13th July 2012.

Dr. Migiro served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation from 2006-2007 – the first woman in the United Republic of Tanzania to hold that position since its independence in 1961. Before that, she was Minister for Community Development, Gender and Children for five years.

Prior to Government service, Dr. Migiro pursued a career in academia. She was a member of the Faculty of Law at the University of Dar-es-Salaam, where she rose to the rank of Senior Lecturer. She headed the Department of Constitutional and Administrative Law from 1992 to 1994, and the Department of Civil and Criminal Law from 1994 to 1997. Her work was published widely in local and international journals.

Dr. Migiro obtained a Master of Laws from the University of Dar-es-Salaam in 1984 and a Doctorate in law from the University of Konstanz in Germany in 1992. In addition to English, she speaks Kiswahili, basic French and German.

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