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Africa has a long history of female leadership.If African countries – and Africa's women – are to meet their potential, this must change.Women were leaders on the front lines of Africa's decolonization struggle. Barriers to women's leadership in Africa today remain systemic, widespread and they begin early.According to the World Economic Forum's Gender Gap Report, sub-Saharan Africa has closed the disparity in economic empowerment by only 68 percent, with women still far more likely to be unemployed, underemployed or hold precarious employment in the informal sector.But while the barriers to women's leadership are formidable, they are not insurmountable. Africa needs more such remarkable woman leaders.All global policy discussions concerning education, the environment, science and health must explicitly address how to develop woman leaders.
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