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Africa
** Power ** 
 

  1. Women elected Heads of State in the 20th century (December 31, 1994) 
    • North Africa: 0
    • Sub-Saharan Africa: 0
    • World: 9
      Sources: United Nations
  2. Women elected Heads of governments in the 20th century (December 1994) 
    • North Africa: 0
    • Sub-Saharan Africa: 2 (13 % du total mondial)
      Sylvie Kinigi (Burundi) - 1993
      Agathe Uwilingiyimana (Rwanda) - 1993-1994
    • Anglophone Africa: 0
    • Francophone Africa: 2
    • World : 15
      Sources: United Nations
  3. Countries where more than 15 % of the ministers or members of the government are women (1994) 
    • North Africa: 0
    • Sub-Saharan Africa: 6
      Central African Republic
      No. of Ministers : 17 ; Percentage of women: 5 %
      Guinea-Bissau:
      No. of Ministers : 19 ; Percentage of women: 4 %
      Lesotho
      No. of Ministers : 21 ; Percentage of women: 6 %
      Niger
      No. of Ministers : 19 ; Percentage of women: 5 %
      Seychelles
      No. of Ministers : 21 ; Percentage of women: 31 %
      Zimbabwe
      No. of Ministers : 25 ; Percentage of women: 3 %
    • World: 9
      Sources: United Nations
  4. Countries where there are no women among the ministers or the members of the government (1994) 
    • North Africa: 2 - Lybie, Maroc
    • Sub-Saharan Africa: 3 - Comoros, Somalia, Sudan
      Sources: United Nations
  5. Percentage of women holding a management position in the public administration, by sector (1994) 
    • North Africa:
      Directors General: 5,8 %
      Economy: 0,0 %
      Law and Justice: 16,7 %
      Social Affairs: 1,6 %
      Politics: 4,4 %
    • Sub-Saharan Africa: Directors General: 2,8 %
      Economy: 4,5 %
      Law and Justice: 6,9 %
      Social Affairs: 12,5 %
      Politics: 4,4 %
      Sources: Worldwide Government Directory, 1994
  6. Average percentage of women in parliamentary assemblies (1987 & 1994) 
    • North Africa: 3% (1987) ; 4 % (1994)
    • Sub-Saharan Africa: 8 % (1987) ; 9 % (1994)
      Sources: Wistat (United Nations)
  7. General women's representation among directors and senior managers (1980 & 1990) 
    • North Africa: 7 % (1980) ; 8 % (1990)
    • Sub-Saharan Africa: 8 % (1980) ; 14 % (1990)
      Sources: Wistat (United Nations)
  8. Countries where more than 25 % of directors and senior managers are women 
    • North Africa: 0
    • Sub-Saharan Africa: Botswana (26 %) - Lesotho (33%) - Seychelles (29%)
      Sources: Wistat (United Nations)
  9. Percentage of seats occupied by women within legislative bodies (1994) 
    • ALGERIA: 7 %
    • ANGOLA: 10 %
    • BENIN: 6 %
    • BOTSWANA: 5 %
    • BURKINA FASO: 6 %
    • BURUNDI: 10 %
    • CAMEROON: 12 %
    • CAPE-VERDE: 8 %
    • CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: 4 %
    • CHAD: 16 %
    • COMOROS: 2 %
    • CONGO: 1 %
    • CÔTE D'IVOIRE: 5 %
    • DJIBOUTI: 0 %
    • EGYPT: 2 %
    • EQUATORIAL GUINEA: 9 %
    • ERITREA: 16 %
    • ETHIOPIA: 1 %
    • GABON: 6 %
    • GAMBIA: 8 %
    • GHANA: 8 %
    • GUINEA: ..
    • GUINEA-BISSAU: ..
    • KENYA: 3 %
    • LESOTHO: 2 %
    • LIBERIA: 6 %
    • LIBYA: ..
    • MADAGASCAR:4 %
    • MALAWI: 6 %
    • MALI: 2 %
    • MAURICE: 3 %
    • MAURITANIA: 0 %
    • MOROCCO: 1 %
    • MOZAMBIQUE: 16 %
    • NAMIBIA: 7 %
    • NIGER: 6 %
    • NIGERIA: ..
    • REUNION: ..
    • RWANDA: 17 %
    • SAO TOME & PRINCIPE: 11 %
    • SENEGAL: 12 %
    • SEYCHELLES: 27 %
    • SIERRA LEONE: ..
    • SOMALIA: ..
    • SOUTH AFRICA: 25 %
    • SUDAN: 15 %
    • SWAZILAND: 3 %
    • TANZANIA: 11 %
    • TOGO: 1 %
    • TUNISIA: 7 %
    • WESTERN SAHARA: 4 %
    • UGANDA: 17 %
    • ZAÏRE: 4 %
    • ZAMBIA: 7 %
    • ZIMBABWE: 12 %
      Sources: United Nations
  10. States which did not ratify the UN Convention for the elimination of all sorts of discrimination against women (October 1994) 
    • North Africa: Algeria
    • Sub-Saharan Africa: Botswana, Comoros, Djibouti, Mauritania, Chad, Mozambique, Niger, Sao Tome-et-Principe, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland
      Sources: United Nations

The statistics used here are from the United Nations, The World' Women 1995 - Trends and Statistics (United Nations publications, Sales No. E.95XII.2
(In French, F.95. XII.2) and are quoted with permission. Further information on United Nations gender statistics may be found at the United
Nations Statistics Division's Internet home page http://www.un.org/Depts/unsd

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