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President Samia Suluhu listed among the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women in Forbes ranking

Forbes has just released its latest list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.

The list, according to Forbes, reveals a complex picture of female power.

Tanzania’s head of state, President Samia Suluhu Hassan has also made into the Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women listing of 2023.

This year’s list spotlights a dynamic array of leaders from diverse spheres of influence, featuring both groundbreaking newcomers and established figures, all marking significant strides in women’s global impact.

This is Forbes 20th ranking list, which while highlighting women’s advancements, poses critical questions from critics about the state of their power.

For instance people don’t understand why a cultural icon like Taylor Swift ranks among the top five, alongside women leading politically on the world stage.

There is also the question why Italy’s Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni, stands alone as the only woman today helming a G20 economy?

All the same, President Samia Suluihu Hassan of Tanzania ranking at Number 93 is essentially listed among 100 influential global figures, including Kamala Harris and European Commission President Von der Leyen

The list is the definitive ranking of the most inspirational female CEOs, entertainers, politicians, philanthropists and policy makers making life-changing impact on the world today, according to Forbes.

The 2023 Power List was determined by four main metrics – money, media, impact and spheres of influence.

For political leaders like President Samia, Forbes weighed gross domestic products (GDP) and populations of their countries.

Forbes noted that Samia became Tanzania’s sixth president and first-ever female leader in March 2021, following the death of President John Magufuli.

She rose to the position from Vice President, a role to which she was first elected in 2015 as a running mate in the presidential election.

In September 2021, she became just the fifth-ever female African leader to address the United Nations General Assembly.

“Suluhu has differentiated her leadership from her predecessor by implementing stricter Covid protocols, including mandatory quarantines for travelers coming from countries with new variants,” Forbes said.

President Samia has publicly declared that her top priorities are reform, reconciliation, resilience and rebuilding of the nation, which she refers to as her 4R Agenda.

She has reformed the business environment and invested heavily in education, water, health, rural electrification and infrastructure projects, while relatively broadening the space for freedoms and democracy.

President Samia has also renewed Tanzania’s commitment to multilateralism and reset the country’s relations with the global community.

Her pro-business approach has wooed foreign investors back into Tanzania in their droves while revitalizing the country’s domestic private sector.

For the second consecutive year, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen tops the 2023 Forbes list followed by European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde and U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, who retain their ranking at number two and three.

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni (No. 4) and American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift (No. 5) also make the top five.

Philanthropist Melinda Gates, entertainers Oprah Winfrey, Beyonce and Rihanna are also featured in the list.–

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