For years women in emerging economies had being relegated to the background. This is especially true in key areas of politics and development. Women have been limited to certain jobs, unlike their male counterparts. Female politicians are subjected to many challenges such as discrimination and social stigmas. Over the past years, there have been women who have changd the narrative against all odds.
BRICS has called for an increased participation of Women in the economy and in the society and has made mention of the launch of a BRICS Gender Forum in the near future.
Read up more on these phenomenal women in BRICS:
Apartheid activist, who has been serving in different South African Government Ministries since 1994. Sisulu is currently serving as a Minister of International Relations and Cooperation.
Dr Nkosazana Dlamini- Zuma
Anti- Apartheid activist and politician, Dr Dlamini Zuma, has been serving in the South African government since 1994 and currently serving as Minister in the presidency for the National Planning Commission For Policy and Evaluation.
Former President of the Indian National Congress, Ghandi took over as party leader since 1998, seven years after her husband’s assassination. She remained in office for nineteen (19) years, being the longest serving president in 125 years old history the congress.
Indian politician and former Supreme Court lawyer. A senior leader and former president of Bharatiya Janata party, Swaraj has served in different Indian government Ministries. She was voted the Most Loved by US Daily.
Currently Brazil’s Presidential candidate in the 2018 Brazil election representing the Sustainability Party, Silvanah is known for her views of environmental conservation and her conservative social views.
Brazilian politician from the Communist Party of Brazil, her political career began in 1980. She is the first female communist Senator. Graizziotin is known for her proposals in the Chamber of Deputies of a Green Seal for goods manufactured on the Manaus Free Trade Zone, prohibition of the distribution of plastic bags, and the creation of the Day of African and Amerindian Culture.
Russian politician, former deputy of the State Duma, presidential candidate in 2000 and former chairman (2004 – 2010) of the Civil Society Institution and Human Rights Council of the Russian Federation. In 2016 she became the chair of the Central Election Commission of Russia, she has also pledged to fix election rigging in Russia.
Russian politician serving as the Senator from Saint Petersburg and Chairwoman of the Federation Council since 2011, as chair she has attained the highest rank of any female politician in Russia and became the most powerful woman in Russia since Catherine the Great. She was also Governor of Saint Petersburg from 2003 to 2011.
Chinese politician, a member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of China, and a Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of China. Between 2014 and 2017, she served as head of the United Front Work Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.
Chinese politician of Manchu descent from Fushun, in Liaoning province. She is the Chair of the National Health and Family Planning Commission from 2013 to 2018. She currently serves as one of the chairwomen of The 13th Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference since March, 2018. In 2013, she was elected as the first chairperson of the National Health and Family Planning Commission.
By: Mokgethi Mtekuza & Kgothatso Nkanyane