In the same week that the people of Liberia (and Africanâ€™s everywhere) celebrate the countryâ€™s (and the continentâ€™s) first woman president, Rwanda leads the world in womenâ€™s political representation. According to a Hansard Society report, (Women at the Top 2005: Changing Numbers, Changing Politics?) 48.8% of all politicians in Rwanda are women. Mozambiqueâ€™s figure of 34.8% places them third.
Closer to home, not only does the United Kingdom have to contend falling out of the top 50 (19.8% places them at 51) but they also have to deal with the realisation that they have been out ranked by Iraq (31.5%) and Tunisa.
The report which examines the presence and role of women in political life today is published on Thursday.
[Via The Guardian]