Episode 2: Women in Society News (Featuring Sahle-Work Zewde and Viola Davis)

Welcome back to the Global Connections for Women’s News Weekly.

This week we are focusing on three important articles about women in society, groundbreaking international news, and women in leadership. These three articles speak about women such as Ethiopia’s first female president who was unanimously elected , Sahle-Work Zewde, and Viola Davis – an award winning actress.

Sahle-Work Zewde is now Africa’s only current female head of state. Her election is one step further in the fight for women’s equality and recognition in politics.


“Women and girls in Ethiopia are strongly disadvantaged compared to boys and men in several areas, including literacy, health, livelihoods and basic human rights.”

~Sahle-Work Zewde

Viola Davis is an award winning actress who did not start off with the easiest life. Davis grew up in extreme poverty, however, she shines a light of hope for anyone struggling. She shows that hard work and dedication are what lead to success, no matter your roots.

The Indian Ministry of Defence has now decided to induct women as sailors in the Navy. Recently, a six-women crew of the INSV Tarini became the first Indian all-woman crew to successfully circumnavigate the globe. Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba has said that inclusion of women in warships was also being considered in the near future.

Lastly, GC4W host the “Women in Politics” twitter chat – inspired by the record number of wins for women in politics during the last primary elections in the United States.

“When women run for office they win at the same rates as men” ~SheShouldRun.org

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