Ethiopia swears in first female Supreme Court chief
(CNN)Human rights lawyer Meaza Ashenafi was sworn in Thursday as the head of Ethiopia’s Supreme Court by the country’s parliament in a wave of appointments for women in top government positions.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed nominated Meaza, the country’s chief of staff announced.The Ethiopian leader has pushed for more female representation in his Cabinet.
“She brings a track record of competence and relevant experience to the role,” Abiy’s top aide, Fitsum Arega, said on Twitter, adding that her position signaled the country’s move toward “gender parity” in key leadership positions.
Meaza Ashenafi is one of #Ethiopia’s most seasoned lawyers and a prominent women rights activist. She was the founder of Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association and has served as High Court Judge. She brings a track record of competence and relevant experience to the role.