Traditionally, African women have always been seen as the backbone of society. Everyone expects them to stay in the kitchen and provide meals and clean the house. Although many people all over the world are accepting and even embracing the feminist movement, it is often thought that here in Africa this is not the case. I would like to publicly call out anyone who dares to peddle these false rumours! Women in Africa are leading the world in terms of female political leadership as more and more women take on government roles, as well as in the business and enterprise sectors.
“Women in Africa represent 52% of the total population, contribute approximately 75% of the agricultural work, and are responsible for 60-80% of the food production,”a recent quote by Nomsa Daniels; the executive director of New Faces New Voices an organisation centered on female empowerment. These are cold hard facts about the impact that women are having on the growth of the African continent. Now more than ever it is evident that women on the continent are not conforming to what is expected of them and are doing what they want in the most positive way, they are helping move the continent forward! Additionally in terms of leadership, African women have come a long, a very long way. In July 2012