The German press is interested in rising stars of African politics and the new generation of women determined to play a role in the political future of their country.

" As African policy suffers from a lack of women ." Also, because the problem is global, as reminds the newspaper. When heads of state meet, the family photos are always still made of rows of dark tie costumes. Rarely we see a suit or a dress. "

In the post-colonial history of Africa, only five countries had a woman as head of government. But for some time, "a new generation of politicians managed to break the glass ceiling.

2018 has experienced several significant events, " such as in Mali, where for the first time, a cabinet made up one third of women started working. "

The Süddeutsche Zeitung cites other examples like this government that respects gender balance in Ethiopia with ten men and ten women. The country in the wake elected a president. Sahle-Work Zewde is currently the only female Head of State of the continent.

Better represent the company
A study by the US think tank Council on Foreign Relations, the presence of women in politics is particularly beneficial in countries that have experienced crises.

In these post-conflict periods, the population would have more confidence in the new authorities if the power is in the best company, whether it includes women as much as men in political decisions.

 In Africa, the paper says, are the democratic upheavals of the 90s who sowed the seeds of parity that we harvest today.

Moreover, researchers see a good eye if women experts who have not gone through the traditional parliamentary route include ministerial posts, in the image of the young Malian Foreign Minister Kamissa Camara, a political scientist became diplomatic advisor President of Mali before entering government.

"Competent women face fewer obstacles in the form of recruitment and are found more quickly to the government," writes the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

The muscles of the Kremlin
Also read this week in the German press: the return of Russia in Africa. It is the Berliner Zeitung that speaks and returns to the subject of Moscow in Africa, refineries in Uganda through the platinum mines in Zimbabwe, aluminum Guinea, the oil and gas in Algeria, Egypt or Mozambique.

Just last year, the newspaper reports, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov visited six African capitals.

True, "in its exploration, Russia is still lagging far behind China", with only a trade volume with Africa of just 18 billion against $ 200 billion for Beijing.

"But the Kremlin knows how to keep a foot in the door. Military cooperation and arms sales" In the last four years, Moscow has signed arms deals with 19 African states. Currently, 40% of the continent's military equipment comes from Russia, the newspaper said, quoting an expert to sum up the situation: "China has the money, Russia has the muscles."

Source : afriquemedia

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