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

17.08.2018
Colombia see summer of surge for women in politics
Last week, the new President of Colombia, Iván Duque, swore in his vice president, Marta Lucía Ramírez.She is Colombia’s first female vice president.Ramírez’s oath of office would have been a...
17.08.2018
France's gender equality Minister has already cracked down on catcalling an...
The first time a man stopped Marlène Schiappa and said something obscene, she was 14 years old and walking down a street in Paris’ northern 19th arrondissement. Shocked, she rushed home to her...
17.08.2018
Where are all the women in Nigerian politics?
Daring to join the male-dominated world of Nigerian politics was a tough decision for Ladi Mamman Watila, particularly in the conservative north-eastern state of Borno. But in 2003, Watila ran for a...
17.08.2018
What gender-gap parity? Men still more likely to be perceived as leaders than wo...
Despite progress, gender gap in leadership still persists, a new study has found. According to the study by researchers of University at Buffalo School of Management, men are more likely than...
16.08.2018
Online rape threats, abuse and vicious attacks: The price that Indian women in p...
Though women account for over 48 percent of India’s population, the number of female parliamentarians in the country is disproportionately low (12.5 percent). The alarming figures and increased...
16.08.2018
Revisiting Rwanda five years after record-breaking parliamentary elections
Five years back something historic happened. The 2013 Rwandan Parliamentary elections ushered in a record-breaking 64 per cent of seats for women candidates, making Rwanda the top country for women...
15.08.2018
Women’s Council calls for gender quotas for local election candidates
Gender quotas should be introduced next year for the local elections, the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) has said.Just 21 per cent of local councillors are women and it would take another...
09.08.2018
Michelle Bachelet of Chile nominated to be next UN Rights Commissioner
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has nominated Michelle Bachelet, a former president of Chile, to become the next UN high commissioner for human rights. The nomination has been sent...
03.08.2018
PAWO seeks recognition for African women leaders
The president of the Pan African Women's Organisation (PAWO), Assetou Koite, says Africa must recognise and honour the contribution of women to the decolonisation of the continent and take action to...

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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