Senegal Names 2nd Female Prime Minister, Human Rights Activist Aminata Touré

Feminist and human rights activist Aminata Touré is making history in Senegal.  According to reports, the 51-year-old former justice minister was named Prime Minister last Sunday, only the second woman in the country’s history. (Mame Madior Boye served between 2001 and 2002)

Known as Senegal’s Iron Lady, Touré named her cabinet, which includes four other women, just one day of the announcement.

Ms. Touré earned much respect in Senegal in her role as justice minister. It was during her tenure that the judicial process against former Chad dictator Hissène Habré saw great progress, leading up to his arrest in Senegal earlier this year. Also under her leadership, the fight against corruption and illegally-acquired wealth was intensified, seeing millions of francs held by corrupt officials in foreign banks repatriated.

As for her plans in office? Touré says she will “speed up the pace of our public development programs and reforms to enable every person in Senegal to feel the change in their daily livelihood.”

The new Prime Minster holds a Masters in economics and a PhD in international financial management.

article by Myeisha Essex via blackamericaweb.com

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