Celebrating IWD with These Six Inspirational African Women

Photo: UN Women/Fernando Bocanegra
Photo: UN Women/Fernando Bocanegra

“When we unleash the power of women, we can secure the future for all.”

Above is a message from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for International Women’s Day 2015.

Each year International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. The first International Women’s Day was observed in 1911. Thousands of events occur to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women.

This year’s theme, “Empowering Women – Empowering Humanity: Picture It!” envisions a world where each woman and girl can exercise her choices, such as participating in politics, getting an education, having an income, and living in societies free from violence and discrimination.

Here, we celebrate the IWD with these six inspirational African women.

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (Born: 1955.11.03, South Africa) – UN women executive director and former Deputy President of South Africa (the highest ranking woman in the history of South Africa).
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti (1900.10.25 – 1978.04.13, Nigeria) – Teacher, political campaigner, and women’s rights activist;  The first woman in Nigeria to drive a car;  Being regarded as “The Mother of Africa.”
Funmilayo Ransome-kuti

Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka (Born: 1950.10.12, Tanzania) – Politician, second highest ranking African woman in the UN system.
Anna Tibaijuka

Wangari Muta Maathai – (1940.04.01 – 2011.09.25, Kenya) – Environmental and political activist; First African woman who won the Nobel Peace Prize.
Wangari Maathai

Nawal El Saadawi (Born: 1931.10.27, Egypt) – Muslim feminist writer, activist, physician and psychiatrist.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – (Born 1938.10.29, Liberia) – 24th and current President of Liberia; The first elected female head of state in Africa.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

“The size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them. If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.”

Please like our Facebook page “iGazeti African Dream.” Read more inspiring stories of African dreamers; build, live and fulfill your own beautiful African Dream!


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