List of the first female holders of political offices in Africa

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Algeria[edit]

Benin[edit]

Botswana[edit]

Burundi[edit]

Cape Verde[edit]

Central African Republic[edit]

Comoros[edit]

Democratic Republic of the Congo[edit]

Zaire[edit]

Egypt[edit]

Ancient[edit]

  • Pharaoh (Head of state) – Sobekneferu – 1806 BC (first known female Head of state in history)

Mamluk Sultanate[edit]

Republic[edit]

Ethiopia[edit]

Gabon[edit]

The Gambia[edit]

Ghana[edit]

Guinea[edit]

Guinea-Bissau[edit]

Kenya[edit]

Kenya Colony[edit]

Republic[edit]

Lesotho[edit]

Liberia[edit]

Libya[edit]

Madagascar[edit]

Malawi[edit]

Mali[edit]

Mauritania[edit]

Mauritius[edit]

  • Minister of Youth and Sports – Marie Claude Arouff-Parfait – 1995
  • Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare – Indira Thacoor Sidaya – 1995
  • Minister of Social Security, National Solidarity and Reform Institutions – Sheila Bappoo – 2005
  • Parliamentary Private Secretary – Kalyanee Bedwantee Juggoo – 2010
  • President (acting) – Monique Ohsan Bellepeau – 2012
  • Minister of Education and human Resources – Leela Devi Dookhun Luchoomun – 2014
  • PresidentAmeenah Gurib-Fakim – 2015

Morocco[edit]

Mozambique[edit]

Namibia[edit]

Niger[edit]

Nigeria[edit]

Anambra State[edit]

  • Governor of Anambra State (South East Nigeria) – Virginia Etiaba – 2006

Rivers State[edit]

Rwanda[edit]

Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha[edit]

São Tomé and Príncipe[edit]

Senegal[edit]

Seychelles[edit]

Sierra Leone[edit]

Somalia[edit]

Somaliland[edit]

South Africa[edit]

Union[edit]

Republic[edit]

Swaziland[edit]

Tanzania[edit]

Tunisia[edit]

Uganda[edit]

Zambia[edit]

Zimbabwe[edit]

Footnotes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Guide2Women Leaders
  2. ^ "Women in the Executive Authority". Egypt State Information Service. Retrieved 2011-03-07. 
  3. ^ McGroarty, Patrick (8/4/21012). "Malawi Swears In Banda as President". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 8/4/2012.  Check date values in: |access-date=, |date= (help)
  4. ^ IPU PARLINE database: Rwanda Chambre des Députés (Chamber of Deputies)
  5. ^ Mehdi Hasan talks to Tunisian politician Mehrezia Labidi on gender, democracy and the Arab Spring, Mehdi Hasan, 18 April 2012, New Statesman, Retrieved 8 December 2015

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