Popular London-based publication, New African, the continent’s largest-selling magazine, has named the Special Envoy on Gender at the African Development Bank (AfDB) Geraldine Joslyn Fraser-Moleketi, as ‘2016 New African Woman of the Year’.
Growing up under the guidance of her grandmother, who was an active trade unionist in South Africa, Fraser-Moleketi developed a keen political awareness and joined the struggle for freedom in Apartheid South Africa in the 1960s and '70s. In the 1980s, while in exile in Zimbabwe, she was drawn into the military structures of the ANC and joined its military wing the Umkhonto we Sizwe. She went on to serve successive terms in the post-Apartheid South African government as Minister for Public Service and Administration (1999 to 2008) and as Minister for Welfare and Population Development (1996-1999).
Before joining AfDB, Fraser-Molekti occupied the position of the Director of the United Nations Development Programme's (UNDP) Democratic Governance Group, overseeing the related strategic and policy work of the organization in 197 countries and territories around the globe.