Victoire Tomegah Dogbé, Prime Minister of Togo (

Women and Adversity:
 21st Century Women
Victoire Tomegah Dogbé
Prime Minister of Togo

The more I read about women in power worldwide, I realize that many are appointed. After the appointment, some must be elected by the ruling body, but few are elected by the country’s population. The growing trend for this phenomenon is in developing nations, especially in Africa.

After you read this post, let me know what your thoughts are on emerging women leaders around the world.

These countries have different councils and departments with names Americans don’t readily recognize. Their leaders have difficult names to pronounce. Most leaders around the world speak English and their native languages, but I couldn’t find evidence that today’s featured woman, Victoire Tomegah Dogbé, prime minister of Togo, speaks English. She does speak French.

She, like other women leaders, has many years in the political arena by working with the United Nations, children and youth and is under the leadership of a long-term leader. She is said to be highly respected and brings impressive credentials to the office. She, like most of these women leaders, accrue wealth, in some cases multi-millions, once they enter politics or achieve a high office. Some facts about their family, education and marital status are incomplete. The women are often quoted as saying they don’t want to reveal their private lives. That is what Victoire Tomegah Dogbé  (pronounced Vic tuar⸍  Tow may⸍  dah⸍ fay) says.

In September 2020, she was appointed Prime Minister of Togo, a country of  8.8 million people in western Africa, the first woman to hold the office. At the time she was director of the cabinet of the President and minister of grassroots Development, Handicrafts, Youth and Youth Employment.

Victoire Tomegah Dogbé:

  • Born December 23, 1959 in Lomé, Togo’s capital
  • 1978 – joined the faculty of Economics and Management at University of Lomé
  • 1982 – earned a master’s degree in economics and management from University of Lomé
  • 1986-1992 – Industries Togolaise des Plastiques (ITP) in various positions
  • 1988 – diploma in marketing, specializing in general management finance at Jutland Technology Institute, Aarhus, Denmark
  • 1992-1994 – In charge of Shell’s network in Togo
  • 1994-1998 – Management of ITP

Political Career:

  • 1998-2002 – Assistant Resident Representative in charge of United Nations Development Program (UNDP) operations in Togo
  • 2002-2004 – Assistant Resident Representative in charge of UNDP operations in Congo-Brazzaville
  • 2004-2007 – Deputy Resident Representative in charge of UNDP operations in Burkina Faso
  • 2007-2008 – Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP in Benin
  • 2008-2020 – Minister to the president in charge of development
  • 2020 – Appointed Prime Minister

Personal life:

  • Married, as stated on Twitter @Oluomoofderby
  • Four daughters

Learn more about her:

Victoire Dogbé | Facebook
Victory Sidémého Tomégah-Dogbé – Primature (
Victoire Tomegah-Dogbe is the first ever female prime minister of Togo – Fae2Face Africa
Victoire Tomegah Dogbe named as Togo’s first female Prime Minister | CNN



Article By: Jo Ann Mathews

I published three ebooks in 2020: Women and Adversity, Honoring 23 Black Women; Women and Adversity, Recognizing 23 Notable Mothers; and Women and Adversity, Saluting 23 Faithful Suffragists to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. These books are meant to be study guides for all students from grade school through college to help in choosing topics for assignments and to learn more about these noteworthy women. Go to, and to learn more.

  1. Judith J Jadron says:

    PM Dogbe joins a number of women in leadership roles on the African Continent.

    It strikes me that African countries are more receptive to the commanding power of women than countries on either of the American Continents.

    It might be interesting to delve into the power of women over their own bodies in countries where women play leading roles.

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