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. 


America’s sexist obsession with what women politicians wear, explained
Ever since women started holding political office, American men have been fixated on their clothes.When she was in the Senate, Carol Moseley Braun got used to having her clothing scrutinized.She...
Kenyan MPs block drive for more women in politics
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Americans are more comfortable with women as executives than politicians
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Former New Zealand PM says more women leaders needed to solve world’s problems
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Across Latin America, women fight back against violence in politics
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Syrian women seek role in drafting constitution
As the United Nations is working with local and international stakeholders to draft a new Syrian constitution, Syrian women demand a seat at the table to ensure their concerns and insights are...
‘It’s changed me forever’: Here’s how women fueled a political shift in Mecklenb...
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Abuse and sexism: Female MPs discuss barriers to women in politics
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‘We have to raise the level of women's participation in political life’ – c...
YEREVAN, NOVEMBER 23, ARMENPRESS. Armenia’s caretaker foreign minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan has delivered remarks at the Plenary Session of World Democracy Forum “Women, security and democratization...

iKNOW Politics Partners Resources

UN Women
Shaping the International Agenda: Raising Women’s Voices in Intergovernmental Forums
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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