Mali gets first female divisional administrator

Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Kadiatou Founè Maïga, the first lady prefect in the history of Mali's administration took office Monday as Senior Divisional Officer of Bla, 320 km from Bamako.
Maira, 50, and popularly called the "Iron Lady," holds a Master's degree in Public Law from the National School of Administration (ENA) in Bamako.
She was for several years personnel manager at the National Hydraulics Division, and later (2000-2002 as head of the secretariat of the minister of Lands.
In a similar exploit, Sy Kadiatou Sow was in 1991 appointed governor of Bamako, becoming the first and only woman to hold such an office in a country.
The positions of governor and prefect (Senior Divisional Officer) are largely reserved for men even as women press for greater involvement in the conduct of state affairs.
The Malian parliament has 15 women MPs out of 147, while only four women are in the country's 28-member government.
A few women are also mayors in some of the country's rural councils.

11 november 2003 21:54:00

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