Sahle-Work Zewde Becomes Ethiopia’s First Female President – 5 More Countries Where Woman Is a Current President

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Ethiopian members of parliament have elected Sahle-Work Zewde as the country’s first female president.

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President Sahle-Work Zewde in Ethiopia

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Source: Reuters

Ms Sahle-Work is an experienced diplomat who has now become Africa’s only female head of state.

Her election to the ceremonial position comes a week after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed appointed a cabinet with half the posts taken up by women.

After being sworn in, President Sahle-Work promised to work hard to make gender equality a reality in Ethiopia.

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović is the president of Croatia

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Source: Index.hr

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović is a Croatian politician and diplomat serving as the 4th and current President of Croatia since 2015. She is the first woman to be elected to the office since the first multi-party elections in 1990. At 46 years of age, she also became the youngest person to assume the presidency.

President Dalia Grybauskaitė in Lithuania

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Source: baltictimes

Dalia Grybauskaitė is a Lithuanian politician serving as the fifth and current President of Lithuania since 2009. She is the first woman to hold the position and became in 2014 the first President of Lithuania to be reelected for a second consecutive term.

She is often referred to as the “Iron Lady” or the “Steel Magnolia”.

President Kersti Kaljulaid in Estonia

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Source: Estonian World

Kersti Kaljulaid is an Estonian politician who is the fifth and current President of Estonia, in office since 10 October 2016. She is the first female head of state of Estonia since the country declared independence in 1918, as well as the youngest ever President, aged 46 at the time of her election.

President of the Republic of China Tsai Ing-wen

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Source: straight

Tsai Ing-wen is a Taiwanese politician, legal scholar, attorney, and the current President of the Republic of China, commonly known as President of Taiwan, since May 20, 2016. The first woman to be elected to the office, Tsai is the seventh president of the Republic of China under the 1947 Constitution and the second president from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

She is also the first president to be of both Hakka and aboriginal descent (a quarter Paiwan from her grandmother), the first unmarried president, the first to have never held an elected executive post before presidency and the first to be popularly elected without having previously served as the Mayor of Taipei (the capital city of Taiwan).

President of Nepal Bidhya Devi Bhandari

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Bidhya Devi Bhandari is a Nepalese politician who is the current President of Nepal and commander in chief of Nepalese Army. She is the first woman to hold the office.

In 2016, Forbes placed her 52 in their list of the world’s 100 most powerful women.


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