Who is Sahle-Work Zewde, Ethiopia’s first female president?

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – The election of Sahle-Work Zewde as Ethiopia’s first female president has been enthusiastically greeted in Ethiopia and beyond, raising hopes among advocates for gender equality in the conservative country. The 68-year-old was unanimously approved by the Ethiopian parliament on Thursday to replace Mulatu Teshome, who resigned unexpectedly a day earlier. While the position of president…

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Nigeria: Boko Haram executes second female aid worker

A second aid worker has been executed by Boko Haram in Nigeria after a deadline imposed to release imprisoned members of the armed group expired, the government said. The Nigerian government was “shocked” and “saddened” by the killing of the woman, who was not identified, the information ministry said in a statement. A clip of the…

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At Wells Fargo, Discontent Simmers Among Female Executives

About a dozen female executives in Wells Fargo & Co.’s wealth-management division gathered in Scottsdale, Ariz., in June after an internal conference. They’d had enough. Women should be at home taking care of their children, some of the executives said they had been told over the years by Jay Welker, president of Wells Fargo’s private…

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Saudi Arabia ‘seeks death penalty’ for female activist

Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor is seeking the death penalty for five human rights activists who are currently being tried by the country’s terrorism tribunal, according to rights groups. Among the detainees is Israa al-Ghomgham, who Saudi activists say is the first woman to face capital punishment for human rights-related work.  Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a statement…

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Spain’s new government will be led by a female majority

Spain’s new Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, unveiled his cabinet on Wednesday with women appointed to oversee 11 of 17 key posts including the country’s economy, defense and education ministries, the BBC reports. Why it matters: These appointments make Spain the reported European leader of hiring female leaders in government, by percentage. Not only are Spain’s…

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