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Women in Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World

As the world marks International Women’s Day on Monday 8 March, African leaders have sent their messages of support. The United Nations says the world has made unprecedented advances, but no country has achieved gender equality. While there may not be gender equality in any country, the World Trade Organization made history in 2021 when it named Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as its chief, becoming the first woman and first African to lead the trade body. In a tweet, she said: “Happy to spend my first #IWD with women & men of the @WTO focusing on impact of the pandemic on women & how trade and investment can bring solutions.” The former president of Liberia and the first female president on the continent said in a tweet: “Women leaders around the world have stepped up to the challenge of leading their communities and countries over the last year. Namibia’s first lady came out with a strong message in a video on Facebook saying she had received abuse from people and had been “slut shamed”, called ugly, stupid, fat and over-ambitious. “Today on International Women’s Day, we celebrate the many achievements of women and girls in Africa and across the globe,” Dr Mairo Al-Makura , Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on African First Ladies Peace Mission, said in a statement.