Most African countries have made significant progress in advancing gender equality, African leaders said Sunday during commemorations to mark International Women’s Day.

“Women are equitably represented in government. Last year, we achieved 50/50 parity in the Cabinet for the first time, and 47% of MPs are women,” South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa told a crowd Sunday in Free State province.

He said South Africa has made significant advances in improving the lives of women in the social, political and economic spheres.

“We have implemented policies and programs to give practical expression to the rights of women and girls to

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