Africa needs a new type of leader- a leader with a fresh and different perspective. Placing women in leadership positions assures that resources are allocated fairly and effectively. In Africa, women’s leadership also helps drive direct change in structural policies  that lead to better equality in society.

Victoire Sidémého Dzidudu Dogbé Tomegah is the new Prime Minister of Togo (since 28 September 2020). She is the first woman to hold the office.

Prime Minister Dogbé Tomegah is  respected and seasoned politician. Prior to 2008, she worked at the United Nations Development Programme. In 2008  Dogbé Tomégah served as the Cabinet Director of the President. Here she managed the portfolio of Minister Delegate to the Prime Minister in charge of development at the base which had just been created in Togo. In 2010, following the re-election of President Faure Gnassingbé, Tomegah Dogbé was appointed Minister of Grassroots Development, Youth Craft and Youth Employment in Gilbert Houngbo’s second mandate. She retained her ministerial functions in the 1st government of Kwesi Ahoomey-Zunu from 2012 to 2013 and the 2nd government of Ahoomey-Zunu from 2013 to 2015. After the presidential election of April 2015, Komi Sélom Klassou replaced Ahoomey-Zunu as prime minister on 5 June 2015. Klaassou formed his cabinet on 28 June 2015 in which Tomegah Dogbé still retained the Ministry of Development at the Base, crafts, youth and youth employment.

Africa is moving in the right direction.

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