Women's Leadership

Women's Leadership

Womens 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

25.07.2019
Elections in 2019 in Asian countries: A game-changer for women or not?
How do women in elections stand to gain in terms of power sharing? What are the takeaways for them?The long election season in India is finally over. No, not India alone, but a few more countries in...
25.07.2019
Inclusive peace in Afghanistan means ‘women at the centre’ urges UN deputy chief...
The UN deputy chief issued an impassioned plea on Sunday for Afghans to reconcile with the past and put “women at the centre” of all efforts to forge a durable peace, and a truly inclusive political...
24.07.2019
Cameroon: Legislative, municipal elections 2020 - heightened efforts to increase...
A two-day capacity building workshop is ongoing at the Yaounde Mont Fébé Hotel.The Ministry of Women's Empowerment and the Family and its partners such as United Nations Women and the International...
23.07.2019
Women facilitators prepare to build female candidates' capacities
In order to strengthen the performance of women candidates who will participate in the General Elections in Bolivia in 2019, women facilitators in different regions had a training on strategic...
22.07.2019
Record number of women win seats in Japan election, but female voters wary of go...
Despite a record number of women winning seats in Sunday’s Upper House election, some female voters have expressed doubts about the government’s commitment to empowering women.In Sunday’s election 28...
22.07.2019
Japan election: Surge of women candidates could reshape male-dominated parliamen...
One of the world's most unequal parliaments could be about to get a lot more female, or ... maybe not.Voting is underway in Japan's general election, where a record number of women are running for...
19.07.2019
‘No hope’ global development goals can be achieved without women, says UN Assemb...
“This is an obvious point to make, but it is, sadly, one that we cannot repeat enough”, she said, opening the day-long discussion at UN Headquarters in New York to identify best practices aimed...
18.07.2019
How 4 congresswomen came to be called “the Squad”
The term is making headlines, but Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Pressley, and Tlaib have their own definition.Sometime in the past few months, four members of Congress came to be referred to in...
17.07.2019
Encourage women in politics, says IEBC
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has called for policies that will encourage women to play active roles in mainstream politics.IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati, in a...

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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