Meaza Ashenafi has been appointed as Ethiopia’s first female supreme court president. This comes two weeks after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed named 10 female ministers to make Ethiopia the third country in Africa with gender-balanced cabinet members.
Meaza recently served as an adviser on women’s rights at the Addis Ababa-based United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. Abiy told lawmakers the court system needed improved capacities “to successfully implement demands made with regards to justice, democracy and change in our country.
Parliament unanimously approved Abiy’s choice.
Ethiopia appointed its first female president last week after the unexpected resignation of former president Mulatu Teshome.
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