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. 


India: History’s biggest election has no place for women
History’s biggest elections are yet another proof that we live in a “man’s world.”Less than 8% of the total 1,271 candidates contesting the first phase of India’s general election are women.Polls to...
US: What woman presidential candidates are facing
The 2020 presidential election marks the first time more than two women have competed in the Democratic or Republican primaries, according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers...
Was money to help women in Brazil’s politics funneled to men?
Cleuzenir Barbosa, a retired teacher, was fed up with Brazil’s corrupt politics. She was also an avid supporter of Jair Bolsonaro, the far-right politician who won the presidency last year on the...
US Poll: Women voters could give women candidates a boost in the Democratic prim...
There’s a historic number of women running for the Democratic presidential ticket this cycle, and while several are considered top-tier candidates, they still aren’t leading the...
Pelosi to AP: 2020 Dem ticket doesn’t have to include woman
Ever pragmatic, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that she’d like to see a woman on the 2020 presidential ticket — but she’s not insisting on it.The California Democrat said in an interview...
In a first, two women are contesting Lok Sabha polls from Mizoram, Arunachal
Lalthlamauni or Jarjum Ete win or not, they have already made history by being the first women in the two states – which both have more women voters than men – to contest a Lok Sabha election.This...
‘Inspiring’ protester becomes symbol of resistance for Sudanese women
The image is striking: a young woman, alone, standing above the crowd, urging them on with songs of revolution.Taken on Monday night in the centre of Khartoum, as tens of thousands thronged the roads...
The gender gap at EU elections
Women across Europe don’t tend to vote as much in European elections, compared with men, posing questions on the growing gender gap in both politics and representation in the European Parliament.Data...
Maltese political parties will be paid by the state to recruit and train women c...
The Maltese state will fund political parties to recruit, promote and train female candidates as part of a plan launched by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat unveiled.“Legal amendments are being proposed...

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
Global Report on Gender Equality in Public Administration

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