Tanzania's Anna Margareth Abdallah: 'They say, "Don't vote for the woman, she wears lipstick"'

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Tanzania's Anna Margareth Abdallah: 'They say, "Don't vote for the woman, she wears lipstick"'

When Anna Margareth Abdallah entered the Tanzanian parliament in 1975, she was one of only five female MPs. Today, she is one of 126 – more than a third of the total – and the first woman to chair the standing committee on defence and security.

But it has been a long journey that is far from complete. "It's quite hard, especially because of African traditional culture where a woman's place is in the kitchen," she says.

We invite you to read the full article published February 8, 2014

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