Across the world, women make up about half the population yet they never come close to holding 50 percent of the positions of power in any government. In the US, only six out of 50 states have a female governor. In Africa, there are only two female presidents, out of 54 African Union member states. [...]
Celebrations are being held in Malawi to mark one year since President Joyce Banda took office. Since coming to power, Banda has won praise from abroad for introducing economic reform. But at home, she’s attracted opposition from critics who say that progress is not moving fast enough.
President Joyce Banda has said she wants Malawi to overturn its ban on homosexual acts – the first African country to do so since 1994. Two Malawian men were sentenced to 14 years in prison in 2010 after saying they were getting married. Several Western leaders have recently said they would cut aid to countries [...]