Sahle-Work Zewde just became Ethiopia’s first elected president and her appointment makes her Africa’s only serving female head of state!
She was unanimously appointed by members of the Federal Parliamentary Assembly of the Ethiopian parliament on 25 October 2018 in a move hailed as setting a new standard for women in the East African nation, the Prime Minister’s chief of staff announced Thursday.
Sahle-Work, 69, has served since June as the United Nation’s special representative to the African Union as an under-secretary-general. She also has held top diplomatic posts representing Ethiopia in France and Djibouti.
Until 2011, Sahle-Work served as Special Representative of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Head of the United Nations Integrated Peace-building Office in the Central African Republic (BINUCA). In 2011, Ban appointed Sahle-Work as Director-General of the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON).
In June 2018, Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Sahle-Work as his Special Representative to the African Union and Head of the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU) at the level of Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations.
#AU High Level Workshop on #SilencingTheGuns in #africa by 2020 held in #Addis aimed reviewing progress on initiative & fast tracking its implementation. Participants proposed recommendations that’ll constitute 2 year action plan towards attainment goal. pic.twitter.com/G6hVZwGHAO
— Sahle-Work Zewde (@SahleWorkZewde) October 17, 2018