Editor's note

With a few exceptions, women in Africa have taken a back seat in politics. But recent events in two countries – Ethiopia and Nigeria – have given pause for thought, and potentially some optimism. In Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has appointed a cabinet made up equally of men and women. Though unprecedented on the continent, Yohannes Gedamu cautions that this won’t be enough to address the big challenges still facing the country.

In Nigeria a woman has entered the race for president. Obiageli Katryn Ezekwesili held high positions in the private and public sectors, but is perhaps most famous for her founding role in the #BringBackOurGirls campaign. She’s a strong candidate but the probability of Ezekwesili winning is slim, writes Sharkdam Wapmuk.

Julie Masiga

Peace + Security Editor

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Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, has created a peace ministry to stabilise the East African nation. Yoweri Museveni/Flickr

How Ethiopia’s new cabinet fits into Ahmed’s reform agenda

Yohannes Gedamu, Georgia Gwinnett College

Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, has created a peace ministry but that may not be enough to stabilize the East African state.

Obiageli Katryn Ezekwesili is a candidate in Nigeria’s upcoming 2019 elections. Flickr

Nigeria’s Ezekwesili: minister turned activist who wants to be president

Sharkdam Wapmuk, Nigerian Institute of International Affairs

Can Obiageli Katryn Ezekwesili become the next Nigerian president?

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Migrants travel in groups for a simple reason: safety

Karen Jacobsen, Tufts University

More than two-thirds of Central American migrants will experience violence on their journey through Mexico, from robbery and extortion to rape. Caravans create safety in numbers.

How US policy in Honduras set the stage for today’s migration

Joseph Nevins, Vassar College

Violence, poverty and oppression in Honduras are causing thousands to flee to the US. Will Trump own the role of US foreign policy in creating these problems?