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Day 6, Joyce Banda: MAKERS Celebrates 20 Women of the 1995 UN Conference on Women

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1995 UN Conference on Women in Beijing, we're featuring 20 incredible women on MAKERS who particpiated in the largest ever international gathering of women.

Joyce Banda was the first women president of Malawi (2012-2014), and only the second woman head of state in Africa. In 1995, Banda attended the NGO Forum in Huairou, China, as head of the Malawi National Association of Business Women. The experience drove her into a life of politics, and in 1999 was elected to parliament. As Minister for Gender and Community Services she helped enact Malawi’s Domestic Violence Bill. In 2014, Forbes magazine named Banda the 40th most powerful woman in the world, and the most powerful woman in Africa.

Check back here as we unveil more stories from these incredible women, as part of a special countdown culnimating in the annoucement of a MAKERS surprise.

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