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We Apologise for Calling You a ‘Grandmother’- Swiss Newspaper to DG of WTO

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, resumed work today, as the first woman and first African to lead the World Trade Organisation. Through a tweet, she heartily welcomed a written apology from a Swiss newspaper, Aargauer Zeitung, that referred to her as a “Grandmother”.

The new Director General of WTO took over on the 1st of March. after a long, high-powered career serving as Minister of Finance and Foreign Affairs in her native Nigeria and 25 years at the World Bank.

See the picture and tweet released by the WTO leader below:

“I’m thankful to all my sisters, UN Women Leaders and the 124 Ambassadors in Geneva who signed the petition on calling out the racist & sexist remarks in this newspaper. It is important & timely that they’ve apologized.”

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, did a follow-up tweet  where she encouraged people to speak up when faced with similar situations.
She said;
“We need to call out this behavior when it happens. This is precisely what my book Women & Leadership coauthored with

talks about – the stereotypes women face when they take on leadership positions.”


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