Women's Leadership

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Japanese women see record election win, but parity remains slow
Women won just 10.4 percent of the seats up for grabs in Japan’s regional assembly races yet still recorded a record high, Kyodo News said, highlighting the slow pace of improvement for gender equality in the country’s government.Results from the Sunday’s nationwide elections show that politics...
African women in politics: miles to go before parity is achieved
In the fight for gender equality, women around the world have advanced in small and large ways. Yet for women in Africa, progress is measured in micro steps, and the struggle has a long way to go.The good news is that women’s representation in political decision making has been on the rise globally...
Youth participation in political processes
The Second Annual Summer School for Young Leaders from African Political Parties took place in Kigali, Rwanda, on 6–8 June 2018. The overall theme was ‘Youth participation in political processes: emerging trends of the negative aspects of money in politics’.The Summer School unfolded in a context...
Formation of women MPs network to further equal representation in Pacific parliaments
Nadi, Fiji – The inaugural Pacific Women in Power Forum which ended on Wednesday, 27 March has confirmed the need for an ongoing Pacific regional network of women Members of Parliament, which aims to encourage more women to enter politics and support current women MPs.The two-day Forum...
Women greatly outnumbered by men in political power
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — When it comes to political power, women are totally outnumbered by men, accounting for less than 7 percent of the world’s leaders and only 24 percent of lawmakers, according to the latest statistics.U.N. General Assembly President María Fernanda Espinosa told delegates to the...
We'll start seeing more lasting peace when women get more seats at the negotiating table
Peace agreements last 35% longer when women are involved in the negotiating process. But too often, they're not.For most of human history, war and peace have been decided at tables full of men. But as the world moves slowly but surely towards more gender equality, the contributions of women to the...
Close the political gender gap to reduce corruption
Including women in local councils is strongly negatively associated with the prevalence of both petty and grand forms of corruption. This reduction in corruption is primarily experienced among women. A study suggests that female representatives seek to further two separate political agendas once...
Strengthening women's participation in local governance: lessons and strategies
South Africa has made great strides in establishing a constitutional and legislative framework for building a participatory democracy. This paper seeks to explore the extent to which existing participatory mechanisms enable active participation by women in municipal processes, and possible...
Political Participation of Women in Local Governance: A Case Study of Selected Local Government Bodies in Eastern Sri Lanka
Although Sri Lanka has 51% women, their participation in local governance as well as in the national parliament is 5% in total. The strong social development indicator of women in areas such as health and education has not translated into their increased political participation. As such, this study...
Women in local government: what we know and where we go from here
Women are underrepresented in most elected and appointed positions in local government in the United States. This essay details what we know about women’s representation in cities and counties, with a discussion of the factors associated with women’s higher or lower levels of representation. The...
Contesting gender quotas: dynamics of resistance
Gender quotas have diffused rapidly around the globe in recent decades, suggesting widespread and dramatic transformations in women's access to political power. Yet, quotas often face serious challenges following their introduction, resulting in a gap between quota requirements and electoral...
“The quota encouraged me to run”: evaluating Jordan’s municipal quota for women
Gender quotas are a means to improve women’s political representation. This article examines the impact of Jordan’s municipal quota enacted in 2007. The quota drew into the political arena women who would otherwise not have run for office. Women councillors have firmly established their rightful...

iKNOW Politics Partners Resources

International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA)
International Idea's GSoD In Focus: Political gender equality and the global state of democracy indices
UN Women
Violence against women in politics: Expert group meeting report and recommendations
UN Women
Shaping the International Agenda: Raising Women’s Voices in Intergovernmental Forums
UNDP
Global Report on Gender Equality in Public Administration

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