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Women Hold Up Half the Sky

Women Hold Up Half the Sky

Ms. Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee – the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Africa – reflects on women overcoming differences and leading movements for peace, gender equality and women’s rights

In 2015, I became Ghana’s first female ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations in New York. As we celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, I reflect on this life-changing experience.

I remember feeling the thrill of this new recognition in my career, which was applauded by many in Ghana — but also my dismay at the number of people expressing surprise at seeing a woman take on this post.

They thought New York would be too difficult for me — irrespective of my training in multilateral diplomacy and my 26 years in the Ghana Foreign Service — and that it should be a male ambassador instead.

In much of my career, I have had to go the extra mile, and perhaps double of what my male colleagues did, to be recognized as capable.

I strongly believed I could bring the same determination and confidence to bear on the task of representing my country at the UN. It took five years of hard work in New York but was well worth it.


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