By Africa Bazaar Staff Writer

September 27, 2023

As calls for female leadership at the top of the United Nations’ post garner more support globally, Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley’s name tops the list of likely contenders.

The Prime minister, internationally recognized for her candor and efforts on regional and global issues, including those significantly impacting developing economies like climate crises, food security, and global financial institution reforms, helped sever her nation’s colonial ties and demanded for slavery reparations.

If appointed, experts say Prime Minister Mottley’s independent mind and refusal to pander to powerful groups makes her the ideal candidate for the top job at the August international agency. Other likely candidates include the current Deputy Secretary-General of the U.N. Amina J. Mohammed

In the 78-year history of the U.N., no woman has ever held the post of Secretary General and pressure is mounting from the international community to appoint a female to the position when the current chief leaves at the end of his second term. 

Historically, the role rotates through different global regions, with the next Secretary-General anticipated to be picked from Africa, the Caribbean or Latin America.

Selection for the U.N. Secretary-General position is not due until 2026.