Gertrude Mongella

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Gertrude Mongella
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Member of the Tanzanian Parliament
In office
2000 – 2010
Prior term: 1980-1993
Succeeded by Machemli Naluyaga
Constituency Ukerewe
1st President of the Pan-African Parliament
In office
May 2004 – May 2009
Succeeded by Idriss Ndele Moussa
Constituency Tanzania
Tanzanian High Commissioner to India
In office
President Ali Hassan Mwinyi
Minister without Portfolio
In office
President Ali Hassan Mwinyi
Minister of Lands, Tourism and Natural Resources
In office
President Ali Hassan Mwinyi
Personal details
Born (1945-09-13) 13 September 1945 (age 71)
Ukerewe Island, Tanganyika
Nationality Tanzanian
Political party CCM
Spouse(s) Silvin
Alma mater UDSM (BA)
Mongella with Malik Yakubu (r)

Gertrude Ibengwe Mongella (born September 13, 1945) is a Tanzanian politician who is the first president of the Pan-African Parliament.[1]

Early life and work[edit]

Mongella was born in 1945, on Ukerewe Island.[2] In 1970, President Mongella graduated from the University of East Africa in Dar es Salaam.[3] For four years she was a tutor at Dar es Salaam Teachers Training College. In 1974 she became curriculum developer for the Dar es Salaam Institutes of Education, which she did until 1978. From 1977 until 1992 President Mongella was a Member of the Central Committee and National Executive Committee of the CCM party. From 1975 until 1982 she was a member of the Council of the University of Dar es Salaam, Also during this time she was on the Board of Directors for the Tanzania Rural Development Bank. From 1978 to 1982 she was a School Inspector.

Governmental work[edit]

In the mid seventies President Mongella was a Member of the East African Legislative Assembly. Throughout the 1980s and for some part of the 1990s Mrs. Mongella was a member of the Parliament of Tanzania. From 1982 until 1988 Mongella was Minister of State within the Prime Minister's office, from there she became Minister of Lands, Tourism and Natural Resources a post she held from 1985 to 1987.[4] Finally, from 1987 to 1990 she was a Minister Without Portfolio within the President's Office.

International work[edit]

In 1985 Mongella became Vice-Chairperson to the World Conference to Review and Appraise the Achievements of the UN Decade for Women. In 1989 Mongella was Tanzanian Representative to the Commission on the Status of Women. From 1990 to 1993 she was a Member of the Trustee to the United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW).

From 1991 to 1992 President Mongella was Tanzanian High Commissioner to India, in 1995 she was UN Assistant Secretary General and Secretary General, Fourth World Conference on Women on Women in Beijing, China, from 1996 to 1997 Mrs. Mongella was UN Under-Secretary and Special Envoy to the Secretary General of the United Nations on Women's Issues and Development.

In 1996 she was a Member of the Advisory Group to the Director General UNESCO for the follow-up of the Beijing Conference in Africa, South of the Sahara. Also in 1996 she was a Member of the Board for the Agency for Co-Operation and Research in Development in London. In 1996 she was a member of the board for both The Hunger Project in New York City, and the UN University in Tokyo, Japan. Also in 1996 she was President of Advocacy for Women in Africa. In 1997 Mongella was Senior Advisor to the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa on Gender Issues.

In 1998 she became a member of the OAU sitting on the Women Committee for Peace and Development, In 1999 she was a member of the "Council of the Future", UNESCO, Paris, France, in 2000 She was a Member of the Tanzanian Parliament Ukerewe Constituency. In 2002 she was a member of the OAU's High Level Advisory Panel of Eminent Persons. In 2002 Mongella was a member of the Regional Reproduction Health Task Force for the World Health Organization's African Region, she was also leader of the OAU Election Observer Team to the Zimbabwean Presidential Election. 2003 saw her as Goodwill Ambassador for the World Health Organization's Africa Region. She became a Member and President of the Pan African Parliament in 2004.[5] In 2005 the University of Georgia awarded her the Delta Prize for Global Understanding.[6] She was designated Chairperson of the International Advisory Board of the African Press Organization (APO) in February 2008.

Non-Governmental Organization participation[edit]

President Mongella is a member of the following NGOs:

Awards and honours[edit]

Honorary Degrees[edit]


  1. ^ "African Parliament Elects Gertrude Mongella the Leader of Africa", Mathaba News Agency, 19 March 2004, archived from the original on 21 September 2004, retrieved 27 May 2010 
  2. ^ Skaine, Rosemarie (2008). "Gertrude Ibengwe Mongella". Women Political Leaders in Africa. McFarland & Co. pp. 38–40. 
  3. ^ Zaccaro, Sabina (7 December 2006), Women Take Some Steps Ahead of the West, Inter Press Service, archived from the original on 9 June 2010, retrieved 27 May 2010 
  4. ^ Bouvard, Marguerite Guzman (1996). Women reshaping human rights: how extraordinary activists are changing the world. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 221–234. 
  5. ^ Meeting with Gertrude Mongella, President of the Pan-African Parliament, The Courier, Issue no. 3 (November/December 2007)
  6. ^ Gertrude Mongella: 2005 Delta Prize Recipient
  7. ^ "Ewha Hosts WW05, First for Asia". Ewha Womans University. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
none - new post created
President of the Pan-African Parliament
2004 – 2008
Succeeded by
Idriss Ndele Moussa