The African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson, Moussa Faki Mahamat has lauded Rwanda for continuing to empower women through recognizing them as equal to men in politics.
Moussa Faki Mahamat said that on the African continent, Rwanda continues to be on top as the country with the largest number of women in government followed by Ethiopia.
“Rwanda continues to lead on gender parity in ministerial and parliamentary appointments, closely followed by Ethiopia. The momentum to recognize men and women as equal in politics is vital as we work towards The Africa We Want. Congratulations to the people and governments of Rwanda and Ethiopia,” Musa Faki tweeted.
The AU Commission Chairperson expressed his extolling congratulations to Rwanda following a cabinet reshuffle by Rwanda’s President Kagame on Thursday evening, October 18.
The reshuffle saw 11 women appointed as ministers among 19 ministers making the government translating into women leading by 58% of positions in Rwanda’s cabinet.
All put together with the Government Secretaries, 50% of positions went to women as they occupy 13 in 26 positions following the reshuffle.
The reshuffle reduced members of the cabinet from 31 to 26.
Women in the new cabinet are an add up to 61.3% of women in Rwanda’s parliament that is on record to be a parliament with the largest number of women in parliament in the world worldwide.
Of all 80 Members of Parliament, women are 49 with men counting to 31.
As he reshuffled the cabinet on Tuesday, October 16, this year, the new Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed appointed 10 women making the 20-ministers cabinet making it the ever first 50 % female cabinet in Ethiopia.
“Our women ministers will disprove the old adage that women can’t lead,” Abiy Ahmed told the Ethiopia’s Parliament following the reshuffle.