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

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...
06.10.2017
UN Women and partners in Liberia sign agreement on women political participation
Monrovia - UN Women Liberia country representative, Marie Goreth Nizigama has frowned the under representation of women across Liberia’s governance structure.Madam Nizigama believes this...
04.10.2017
Economist Mercedes Araoz Sworn In as Peru’s New Prime Minister
LIMA – Peru’s Second Vice President, Mercedes Araoz, an economist by training, was sworn in on 17 September 2017 as the new head of the Council of Ministers –known as the prime minister–, formed by...
29.09.2017
Taking women, peace and security to the next level in Africa
African advocates, pioneers, and thought leaders of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, together with the Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende, took stock of the achievements and challenges for...
12.09.2017
Chile’s president is a woman — and she just scored a major policy victory for wo...
Latin America has some of the world’s most restrictive abortion laws. Yet it also leads the world in electing female presidents — including Chilean President Michelle Bachelet.Last week, Chile’s...
08.09.2017
Nirmala Sitharaman says appointment a 'message' on women's status
Nirmala Sitharman said her appointment sent a "big message to the world of what's the status of women in India... This country will never stop promoting women". Nirmala Sitharaman, who was promoted...
22.08.2017
50 Women who made American political history
The history of women in American politics is just as long as that of the nation as a whole. Even in the days before the Constitution guaranteed women the right to vote, many tried hard...

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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