Myth 8: Africa is totally Patriarchal and Sexist

  • namely women forming the majority of a parliament – is a reality in one country in the world, Rwanda.
  • Early reports from the parliamentary elections last Mondayindicate that women now hold nearly 64% of the seats.
  • More female heads of state than Asia, North America, South America
  • Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) study of 59 economies shows that women are creating businesses at a greater rate than men in three economies, Ghana, Nigeria

Women in Rwanda Parliament

Malawi, Liberia, Senegal, Central African Republic  all have female heads of state

Patricia De Lille

  • Mayor of Cape Town
  • 3 female mayors in past decade



Before French colonial rule, Madagascar was ruled by a woman

  • Queen Ranavalona III, the last sovereign of the Kingdom of Madagascar, ruled from 1883 to 1897 before being deposed by French colonial forces.
  • She was named after a previous powerful queen, Queen Ranavalona I, who ruled from 1828 to 1861 and attempted to protect the sovereignty of her country against European influence.
  • Madagascar has strong human rights protections
  • Human rights in Madagascar are protected under the constitution, and the state has signed agreements such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  • Ethnic, religious, and all other minorities, are all legally protected, and freedom of assembly is also guaranteed.
  • State repression and torture are low, and there is an ongoing effort of eliminate corruption in the security forces.




  • Comoros is the best country in the Arab world for women followed by Oman, Kuwait, Jordan and Qatar, according to a Thomson Reuters Foundation poll of gender experts released on Tuesday.
  • Comoros’ constitution, which states that citizens will draw governing principles and rules from Islamic tenets, also refers to citizens’ equal rights and duties regardless of sex.
  • In the last government, women were installed as minister of telecommunications and labour minister.
  • This represented 20 percent of Comoros’ total ministerial positions, a higher proportion than in any of the other 21 polled Arab states


Empress Zawditu



Worlds richest self made woman


  • Foluronsho Alakija
  • Worth $7.3 billion
  • She is a business tycoon involved in the fashion,[2] oil and printing industries
  • Alakija started her career in the 1970s as a secretary at the International Merchant Bank of Nigeria (now obsolete).
  • have kicked off her career in finance but began to amass a fortune after studying fashion design in England and starting a clothing company for privileged women called Supreme Stitches.
  • Alakija’s reported wealth exceed Winfrey’s by $500 million, Alakija also owns $100 million in real estate and a $46 million private jet.
  • Like Winfrey, Alakija is a philanthropist. She launched the Rose of Sharon foundation, a Christian charity that provides financial help to widows and orphans.

Mo Abudu is one of the biggest media moguls in Nigeria



Linda Ikeji is one of the world’s richest bloggers

Linda Ikeji


Mzimela became the first female Chief Executive Officer of South African Express Airways and of SAA. While she was CEO, SAA was able to introduce non-stop flights to New York and Beijing, China—a first in the history of the airline. Mzimela is also the first woman to be appointed to the International Air Transport Association’s board of directors in 67 years. She is also a board member of the South African Tourism Board and the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls.

Mzimela joins the elite ranks where few women have crossed. Owning or even running an airline is something that very few can aspire to and women have historically been left out of such leadership positions.

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