Victoire Tomégah Dogbé Appointed Togo’s First Female Prime Minister
Togo made history this week by appointing its first female prime minister.
Togo’s President Faure Gnassingbe has appointed Victoire Tomegah Dogbe as the first female prime minister.
60-year-old Dogbe, whose appointment was confirmed by President Faure Gnassingbe on Monday, replaces Komi Selom Klassou, who resigned as prime minister on Friday, a position he held since 2015.
Dogbe is well known and respected in Togo, having served in several positions under Gnassingbe’s government in the past decade, including working as his chief-of-staff, director of the cabinet of the President of the Republic and more recently as Minister for youth and grassroots development, according to local media reports.
Prior to joining politics, she worked with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) according to information from the agency
Her appointment comes after an expected cabinet reshuffle, which was delayed by the country’s fight against coronavirus pandemic, following the controversial re-election of Gnassingbe, who has ruled Togo since 2005.
Dogbe’s has vast experience in governance and administration which is well positioned to help the country achieve a long-expected economic boom which has eluded the country since independence in 1960.
Dogbe has been deeply involved in the country’s fight against youth unemployment and poverty, introducing reforms that have been praised as a local success in her country, according to Togo-First, an online publication in the country.
This historic appointment follows that of Gabon which in July 2020 appointed it’s first-ever female Prime Minister, Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda. Also, in 2018, Ethiopia appointed its first-ever female president, Sahle-Work Zewde.
The appointment of the women not only sets the standard for the future but also normalises women as decision-makers in public life.
As the parliament awaits Dogbe’s policy plan, observers are keen to we what economic difference her reforms can make in a country where half of the population live below poverty line according to a 2014 report by the International Monetary Fund.