For the first time in South Africa, 50% of the executive are now women President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on 29 May 2019 when he unveiled his new Cabinet.
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This is the same as in Canada and France, however South Africa lags behind Spain and Sweden, where women now take up more than half of the positions in cabinet, reports Business Insider SA.
According to an analysis by The Economist, the average female representation in European cabinets is 28%.
According to UN Women, as of January 2017, only 18.3% of government ministers worldwide were women. The organisation notes that "the most commonly held portfolio by women ministers is environment, natural resources and energy, followed by social sectors, such as social affairs, education and the family."
In light of this, we've taken a look at where South Africa stands in terms of the representation of women in the cabinet ministry:
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