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Obama Wants To See More Women Get Into Politics: 'Men Have Been Getting On My Nerves Lately'

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Paula Rogo
Jul, 19, 2018 6:06 PM UTC

Former President Barack Obama is pushing for more women to get into politics.

“Women in particular … I want you to get more involved,” Obama told a town hall in South Africa on Wednesday “Because men have been getting on my nerves lately.”

The comment came after a woman from Kenya asked him for his advice on how to get involved in politics in a country that struggles with corruption.

“I mean, every day I read the newspaper and I just think like, ‘Brothers, what’s wrong with you guys? What’s wrong with us?’” he continued. “I mean, we’re violent, we’re bullying. You know, just not handling our business. So I think empowering more women on the continent ― that right away is going to lead to some better policies.”

Obama is visiting South Africa with the Obama Foundation to deliver a speech in front of 200 young leaders to honor the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth.

“I’m about to join a conversation with some of Africa’s most promising young people: 200 Obama Foundation Leaders from 44 countries,” he wrote on Facebook. “These young leaders are already changing their communities for the better and stand poised to lead the continent toward a brighter future.”

Watch the town hall below

 

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