Kamala Harris’ election may enable more African women


Kamala Harris, Joe Biden’s Choice for Vice President is the first black woman to be nominated for the national office by a major party.

Her victory could usher more Black women and people of colour into politics and this could inspire more African women to aim for bigger and more powerful positions even on the international organization’s front.

Kamala Harris

Kamala Harrison

Just recently, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Heritage and Culture Amina Mohamed was fronted as a candidate for the Post of Director General of the World Trade Organization. Ms Mohamed however did not get picked but two women, one from Nigeria and another from Korea are still in the running for the position.

Therefore, the 7th Director General will be either Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria or Yoo Myung-hee of the Republic of Korea.

Black women have been rising to power over the last decade, seeing quite a number of women of color grabbing the top jobs in the international arena.

According to a recent report by Forbes, women are now reshaping history, closing inequalities and pioneering new avenues of wealth creation and in turn, lifting others with them.

According to the report, in East Africa, the following women have risen to power by merit and have broken the glass ceiling, therefore giving hope to African women that this can be achieved.

Some of East Africa’s most Powerful Women

  • Clare Akamanzi- CEO, Rwanda Development Board
  • Jennifer Riria- Kenya Group CEO, Echo Network Africa (Ena); Founding Member, Kenya Women Finance Trust
  • Louise Mushikiwabo- Rwanda    Secretary General, Organisation Internationale De La Francophonie (OIF)
  • Elsie Kanza-Tanzania, Head of Africa and Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum
  • Lydia Nsekera- Burundi, President, National Olympic Committee (NOC) Of Burundi and Member of Fifa Council
  • Winnie Byanyima- Uganda Executive Director, UNAIDS
  • Waris Dirie- Somalia,       President and Founder, Desert Flower Foundation
  • Sahle-Work Zewde- Ethiopia, President of Ethiopia

According to Forbes, this is a first-of-its-kind Pan-African unranked compilation of the continent’s leading women, drawn from business, politics, media, science, sports and public life, who are challenging the status quo and creating a trail on terrain where there was none.

Ms Harris’ election gives hope to the African Americans and Indian Americans that they can overcome the stereotypes slapped on women and become one of the most powerful leaders on the globe.

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Yvonne Kawira is an award winning journalist with an interest in matters, regional trade, tourism, entrepreneurship and aviation. She has been practicing for six years and has a degree in mass communication from St Paul’s University.

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