Women's Leadership

Women's Leadership

While there have been important advances in women’s leadership in politics, as of November 1 2017, women make up only 7.2% of Heads of State and 6.2% Heads of Government. Data on women representatives in local government, including as mayors, heads of villages and towns, is not well collected and analyzed. The adoption of an SDG indicator on women’s representation in local government is a great step forward in tracking progress on gender balance, allowing for the systematic collection and analysis of data on women in local government. Women’s access to and continued role in leadership positions is challenged by a range of barriers, including discriminatory laws and practices, as well as social norms that prescribe traditional roles and attitudes towards women’s participation in leadership and decision-making roles. Proactive gender-equality policies within political parties and local government structures, including quotas and special temporary measures, gender-sensitive approaches to electoral processes, support networks, mentoring, training, and engagement of male champions, can all help promote women’s role in political leadership.

News

16.04.2018
11 states have no women representing them in Congress
Progress is not inevitable. And it is rarely -- if ever -- complete. For women in American politics, each point of progress serves as a reminder of the progress we have yet to make toward equitable...
13.04.2018
Gambia: Beakanyang trains on women's political participation
Rights advocacy organisation Beakanyang Kafo has trained and sensitised over one hundred women in the Upper and Central River Regions on the importance of political participation.The activities were...
02.04.2018
Japan’s internal affairs minister Seiko Noda opens political school for women
GIFU – Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Seiko Noda, a member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, on Sunday opened a political school in Gifu Prefecture to foster female...
02.04.2018
Costa Rica Just Elected Latin America's First Black Female Vice President
In a history-making election, Epsy Campbell became the first Afro-Latina vice president in Costa Rica, as well as the first black female vice president in Latin America. Winning alongside President-...
26.02.2018
As midterms near, more women plunging into campaigns across the United States
Nearly a year after her hopes for the first female president were dashed, Beth Vercolio-Osmund contemplated her own political debut.Last fall, increasingly frustrated with lawmakers and the direction...
08.01.2018
The year of women, in policy and politics
It has been a year of reckoning for women in the United States. It began with hundreds of thousands of women across the country and the rest of the world marching for women's...
01.12.2017
Launch of the Inter-Regional Report on Gender Equality and Political Empowerment...
The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA), together with the Community of Democracies and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), will launch...
23.10.2017
The 7%: Jacinda Ardern joins select group of women in power
New Zealand’s new prime minister is one of 13 female heads of government in the worldAlmost one month after voting day in New Zealand, 37-year-old Jacinda Ardern has become the country’s new...
09.10.2017
100 Women: Do female leaders improve women's lives?
"I can't believe we just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet... if there are any girls out there that stayed up late to watch - I may become the next woman president, but one of you is...

iKNOW Politics Partners Resources

UN Women
Shaping the International Agenda: Raising Women’s Voices in Intergovernmental Forums
UNDP
Global Report on Gender Equality in Public Administration
International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA)
Women in Conflict and Peace

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