Malawis first female President Joyce Banda has made the list of 110 ‘Outstanding Women in Africa’ for the year 2022.
The award is given out by the London based New Africa Magazine which recognises a men and women who have been shaping the vision and progress of the African continent.
Banda shares this years roll with Jewel Howard Taylor, Vice President of Liberia; Jamila Sedqi, First Moroccan Female Judge at the UN Administrative Tribunal, and Pastor Faith Oyedepo, Wife of the Founder, Winners’ Church, Worldwide.
A statement by the magazine publisher, Gift Chidima Nnamoko Orairu, said “in Africa, one needed extra hard work, dedication and focus to succeed.
“In addition to the so many factors affecting women progress on the continent at the political and socioeconomic level; a great number of women have been silenced with violence, hate, discrimination, and isolation.
“However, these Pan African women have never been silent, and have led important revolutions for democracy, freedom and social justice.
He said Banda and company ” have gone on to write their names on the sands of time; breaking old records and setting new standards, smashing barriers and detecting the pace.”
Banda is an advocate of women, youth and eldelry persons empowerment and her two year reign led to promotion of women in key decision making bodies.
She has won a number of international accolades.