Ethiopia swears in first female Supreme Court chief

(GERMANY OUT) Darstellerin und Rechtsanw??ltin Meaza Ashenafi w??hrend der Pressekonferenz zum Film -DIFRET- anl??sslich der 64. Internationalen Filmfestspiele Berlin (Photo by snapshot-photography/ullstein bild via Getty Images)


ADDIS ADABA, Ethiopia—The Ethiopian parliament on Thursday approved the nomination of the first female Supreme Court president in the history of the country.

Meaza Ashenafi served as a judge of the High Court of Ethiopia from 1989 and 1992. In 1993 she was appointed by the Ethiopian Constitution Commission as a legal adviser.

In 1995, Meaza founded the Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association.

She will replace Dagne Melaku, her predecessor.

Last week, Sahle-Work Zewde, a long time diplomat and UN official, was appointed the first woman president of the state.

Ethiopia also received global acclaim for achieving gender parity in its Cabinet with 10 female ministers out of 20.



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