Opinions & Features Women of Value November 11, 2020 at 10:00 am

The only four African women leaders to address the UN General Assembly

Ama Nunoo November 11, 2020 at 10:00 am

November 11, 2020 at 10:00 am | Opinions & Features, Women of Value

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia, addresses the 2008 United Methodist General Conference on April 29 in Fort Worth, Texas. Sirleaf is a United Methodist and the first female head of state in Africa. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose. Photo #GC0380. April 29, 2008.

African women have been making strides on the world stage attaining many firsts and breaking glass ceilings along the way such as addressing the UN General Assembly even though it certainly was a long time coming. The first time an African woman leader addressed the assembly was in 2006 although many African countries joined the UN in the 1960s.

The first African female Head of State, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, paved the way for others. Before her historic address at the UN General Assembly, only male African heads of states had addressed the General Assembly. There have been three others to follow in her stead with the most recent one in 2019.

Here is a list of the leading African women forging a path for future generations on the global stage.


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