Woman gets top post in Zimbabwe's air force

2016-01-05 17:29


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Harare - A woman has broken through the glass ceiling of a high-flying profession in Zimbabwe: the air force.

Ellen Chiweshe, whose title was group captain, has been promoted to become the southern African country's first female Air Commodore, the No. 3 post in the air force.

The state-run Herald newspaper reported Chiweshe's new rank in Tuesday's edition, which included a photograph of Air Force commander Perrance Shiri fitting a hat onto her head as part of a promotion ceremony.

The newspaper quotes Chiweshe as saying: "It was a man's world and it was difficult to break in."

Zimbabwe's constitution, adopted in 2013, requires gender parity in all state institutions, though men remain dominant in top government and military jobs.

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