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Cape Verde second in world in number of women in cabinet 11 Mar�o 2015

Cape Verde is the country with the second-highest percentage of female government ministers in 2015. It also comes in first among Portuguese-language countries in terms of the number of ministries led by women. The data comes from the Interparliamentary Union report released this Tuesday, March 10, in Geneva, Switzerland. According to the document, women around the world are normally tapped to lead government ministries and departments related to social issues, education, the family and women’s issues. In Cape Verde, however, things are different – the women in government include the minister of finances, the minister of internal administration, the minister of tourism and business development, the minister of communities, the state secretary of foreign affairs and the state secretary of finances, not counting the fact that the current deputy prime minister is Cristina Fontes and that another woman, Janira Hopffer Almada (the newly-elected leader of the governing PAICV), is soon expected to take on a more prominent role in the Cape Verdean executive.

Cape Verde second in world in number of women in cabinet

Worldwide, 30 countries have at least 30% of their cabinet positions filled by women. Finland comes in first place on the list (62.5%), followed by Cape Verde (52.9%) and Sweden (52.2%).

In Finland, 10 of the 16 ministerial posts are held by women, while Sweden counts 12 women for 23 cabinet posts. As of January 2015, nine of Cape Verde’s 17 ministries were headed by women, according to the Interparliamentary Union.

Among the world’s lusophone countries, Cape Verde comes in first place, followed by Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, Angola, Brazil, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea (which, although Spanish-speaking, recently made Portuguese an official language in order to join the Community of Portuguese Language Countries, the CPLP) and São Tomé and Príncipe. On a regional level, Cape Verde has the highest number of female cabinet ministers in Africa, followed by South Africa (where 41.7% are women) and Rwanda (35.5%).

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