First female prime minister in Barbados puts women in leadership in spotlight

Barbados, the 6th region of the AU, has elected Mia Mottley as its first female prime minister, the third woman to lead in the Carribean.

It falls under the African Union because Barbados inhabitants are primarily of African descent and are considered to be part of the diaspora.

Executive director at Harvard Centre for African Studies Obenewa Amponsah says it's only a handful of women who had the opportunity to lead in the Carribean.

She speaks to Cape Talk's Kieno Kammies about the importance of supporting women in leadership and how to go about putting women in significant roles.

Mia Mottley joined the ranks when she was elected with 75% of the popular vote to become the prime minister and this was a proper landslide, she pretty much wiped the floor with her opponents.

Obenewa Amponsah, Executive Director of Harvard Centre for African Studies

This is important in this day and age when the lack of women in leadership is in the spotlight.

Obenewa Amponsah, Executive Director of Harvard Centre for African Studies

I think all of us need to examine the ways in which we hold women's leadership in unfair standards than we do men's leadership.

Obenewa Amponsah, Executive Director of Harvard Centre for African Studies

To hear the rest of the conversation, listen below:


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