ethiopia: This decision is the first in the history of Ethiopia and probably in Africa, according to Toronto Star. Ethiopia's newly appointed Minister of National Defence, Aisha Mohammed, arrives to take her oath of office at the parliament in the capital Addis Ababa on October 16. Our women ministers will disprove the old adage that women can't lead, Abiy said while presenting his choices. STRINGER / AFP/GETTY IMAGES Ethiopia has faced sweeping political and economic reforms since the 42-year-old prime minister took office in April after months of anti-government protests and made pledges that include free and fair elections. French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in recent years unveiled gender-balanced Cabinets. The Horn of Africa power joins a handful of countries, mostly European, where women make up 50 per cent or more of ministerial positions, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union and U.N. Women. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.