20 women lead their countries in 2018

There are 20 female world leaders currently serving as Head of State or Head of Government.

This represents only 6.3% of the total number of global leaders.

Mauritius is the only African country with a woman as Head of State.

Ameenah Gurib-Fakim has been President since 2015.

She is the first Mauritian woman to hold the office.

A Head of State has considerable “soft power”, but it’s largely a ceremonial position.

There are 10 women Head of Governments, representing 7.3% of the world total.

Namibia’s former Minister of Finance, Saara Kuugongelwa, Prime Minister since 2015, is Africa’s only female Head of Government.

Dr Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri was South Africa’s first female President.

She was not democratically elected, but served as Acting President for four days in 2005 when the President and his Deputy were out of the country.

She was also chosen by Cabinet to be Head of State for the 14 hours between Thabo Mbeki’s resignation and Kgalema Motlanthe taking of office.


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