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persblog.be – Edition 2014.11.27 – She was the first female Prime Minister of Mozambique. Luisa Dias Diogo has earned a reputation as a progressive reformer, a passionate advocate, and a savvy business-woman.
Luisa Dias Diogo studied economics at the ‘Eduardo Mondlane University’ in the country’s capital Maputo. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1983. She went on to obtain a master’s degree in Financial Economics at the ‘School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London’ in 1992. She worked for the ‘World Bank’ as program officer in Mozambique. She was the first female Prime Minister of Mozambique.
From the site ‘notablebiographies.com’: Before her Office as Prime Minister (2004-2010) Luisa Diogo served as Mozambique’s Minister of Finance for five years and during her tenure the country experienced a slow but steady recovery. When she was appointed Prime Minister, becoming the first woman ever to hold the post. Diogo has earned a reputation as a progressive reformer, a passionate advocate, and a savvy business-woman.” She replaced Pascoal Mocumbi, who had been Prime Minister for the previous nine years.
Luisa Diogo has urged the African health ministers to offer reproductive and sexual health services free of charge throughout the continent. These services could reduce infant mortality by two thirds, reduce maternal mortality by three quarters, reverse the spread of AIDS, and promote gender equality and the empowerment of women. The target set by the UN is to achieve these goals by 2015.
She is a member of the ‘Council of Women World Leaders’, an international network of current and former women presidents and prime ministers. Luisa Diogo later focused on gender equality and women’s empowerment.
From the site ‘notablebiographies.com’: “In addition, Diogo proposed reforms in several areas, including an overhaul of the judicial system, which had been plagued by accusations of corruption. And there were numerous cases of open sales of drugs by the military. However her main goal remained the combat against absolute poverty.”
Mozambique. Located in southeastern Africa, the tiny country of Mozambique is one of the poorest in the world, with approximately 70 percent of the population living below the poverty line. It is also a country frequently devastated by drought and floods, and in the early 2000s it was still recovering from a ‘civil war’ that rocked the nation for nearly seventeen years (1975–92) after the nation won its independence from Portugal. Millions of people died.
Alberto Vaquina is [was] Prime Minister of Mozambique [until 2015]. F.D.