A woman becomes President of the Republic of Mauritius


A woman becomes President of the Republic of Mauritius

Friday, 5th June, 2015. The Women for Africa Foundation (Mujeres por África, MxA) welcomes the appointment yesterday of Ameenah Gurib-Fakim ​​as President of the Republic of Mauritius. The new president is a prestigious scientist and biologist who is the first woman to hold the presidency of this African island in the Indian Ocean, about 800 km from Madagascar.

Ameenah Gurib-Fakim ​​joins the list of female African leaders which already contained the Liberian President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, and the acting president of Malawi, Joyce Banda. The naming of the new head of state of Mauritius, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, has come about following the resignation of the island’s former president, Kailash Purryag.

Ameenah Gurib-Fakim’s appointment ​​represents an important step towards gender equality; a step towards incorporating women into the highest levels of responsibility. The MxA Foundation gives her our most sincere congratulations. We are convinced that her work will be a good example of the strength and leadership that characterizes African women, especially when they have the opportunity to exercise it.




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