Ethiopia’s PM Abiy Ahmed wins AU’s African Gender Awards 2018
Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed has been awarded African Union's African Gender Awards 2018. This prestigious award is traditionally offered by the African Union in conjunction with the United Nations Commission for Africa (UNECA).
It was Ethiopia's Head of State, Abiy Ahmed's first ordinary summit having hosted African leaders in the previous year during an extraordinary summit convened to discuss reforms within the body, as reported by Africa News.
The award comes as no surprise given Abiy's gender-related appointments over the course of 2018. From Ethiopia's first woman president in Sahle-Work Zewde, to a gender-par cabinet (10 men, 10 women), including the appointment of first woman Chief Justice to a former judge to spearhead the election body, he is being credited for such changes in Ethiopia.
The leader is highly extolled by the gender groups for trusting women for the country's top positions. He also defended his stance on appointing women saying that apart from high efficiency, the chances of getting corrupted are quite less.
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