Mrs. Raharimalala is a Member of Parliament and the former Minister of State for Technical Education and Professional Training. Her political career started in 2009 when she was nominated as the Secretary of State for Technical Education and Professional Training. Prior to this, she worked with the Ministry of National Education in Madagascar as the Director of communication responsible for public and international relations. She is passionate about economic and political empowerment of women and spends most of her time empowering women within the political space. Currently, she is the Honorary Chair of the Forum for Women in Policy Development of the Gender and Development Commission in the Committee of High Transition in Madagascar.
In 2012, Mrs. Raharimalala was appointed Goodwill Ambassador of the World NGO Day.
Today, she is the Director of Basic and Secondary Education in the Ministry of Education in Gambia. Apart from serving in the FAWE Africa Executive Committee, Ms. Mbaye also serves in the international advisory board of the Partnership for Child Development based in the Imperial College in London (UK); as the Chair of the international advisory board of Child Fund Gambia; and she is the Coordinator of ECOWAS Network of Ministries’ of Education SHN/HIV AIDS Focal Points
Mother of four, she holds a Masters degree in Education and International Policy.
Born in 1942, Mrs. Bah Diallo was a teacher and High School Director between 1966 and 1984. Passionate about women’s education, she was appointed in 1984 National Director for External Relations and Projects at the Guinean Ministry of Social Affairs and Women Promotion.
She started her career at UNESCO in 1996 as a Director for Basic Education and today; she is the advisor to the General Director of UNESCO on girls’ education in Africa. Mrs. Bah Diallo also served as an Assistant Director General for Education.
She is member of the Islamic Development Bank Women Advisory Panel and a Prize Committee of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.
In 2013, Dr. Gahiru became the first woman who served as a Minister of Basic and Secondary Education. Prior to this, she also served as the Minister of Health.
Moreover, Dr. Gahiru worked at the Presidency of the Republic of Burundi as a senior adviser in charge of social and cultural issues, and the as Deputy Coordinator of the Strategic Economic Development Office. Hon. Gahiru also worked as the Officer of Health at the regional level for 7 years and prior to that, she was working as physician at a regional hospital for 4 years.
She studied at the University of Lagos, and the Ahmadu Bello University where she was trained to teach Mathematics and Physics in Secondary schools. Her active teacher life spanned 20 years in Secondary schools, teachers’ Colleges and Educational broadcasting.
Also, she held the position of Secretary for the Local Government; she served as a Commissioner in the Commission of Civil Service of Ogun State; and as a State Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development. In 2003, she was elected Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Hon. Tiendrebeogo has a featured political career. From 1988 to 1995, she became the Minister of Basic Education and Literacy. Later, between 1997 and 1999, she became the Minister for the Promotion of Women, where she developed the first three-year plan of action for the promotion of women and established institutional frameworks (creation of the National Commission for the Advancement of Women and focal points in the ministries).
In 1996, she joined UNICEF as the Chair of the Monitoring Committee of the Initiative on the Education of Girls in Africa, and she was also a member of the Consultative Forum on Education for All of UNESCO. Moreover, between 2003 and 2005, she was appointed as the Regional Advisor of the International Research Center for International Development (IDRC) in Dakar Regional Office and later from 2005 to 2007, she served on the Board of the Centre for African Family Studies.
She left the Zimbabwe Government in 1993 to join UNICEF as the Head of the Education Cluster in New York. In 1998 she joined UNESCO as the Director of the UNESCO International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa.
She is the author of several books, her latest book, not yet published, is entitled Zimbabwe Looking East.