On the back of this, Apolitical, a global platform for public servants and policymakers to stay informed about policy and the public service, has released its list of the world’s 100 most influential individuals in the area of gender equality.
Africa has, over the years, produced exceptional women and men who are working assiduously to make the world more equitable.
Exerting their influence through policymaking, research, advocacy, among others, these outstanding personalities are making the world a better place for all and sundry.
The list features politicians, civil servants, academics, activists, among others who are shaping gender policy in 2019.
“It’s time to showcase the inspirational people who are pioneering change and shaping gender policy around the globe,” Lisa Witter, head of Apolitical, said in a statement.
“We hope that this list will highlight the people who are committed to making the world a better place for everyone.”
The list “both recognises high-profile icons and shines a light on the unsung heroes whose work is indispensable to creating a fairer world for everyone”, Apolitical said.
Released on Wednesday, the list was curated from nominations from thousands of gender experts from leading organizations, including the UN, the World Bank and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Apolitical received more than 9,000 nominations this year.
Michelle Obama, Melinda Gates and the IMF’s Christine Lagarde were named among the top 20 influencers of gender policy this year.
Here are the Africans who made it to the top 20: