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. 


Nigeria: Aisha Buhri tasks women on participation in active politics
The wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, on Tuesday urged more women to show interest and participate in partisan politics.She made the call while addressing newsmen ahead of the summit on female...
India: Want more women in politics, says Kamal
Actor and politician Kamal Haasan on Sunday encouraged more women to join politics.“I have seen women as resilient participants in many great revolutions and will encourage them to join politics....
As women's roles expand in Bolivian politics, so do attacks
By Paola Flores, Associated PressFew countries in the world have advanced so quickly toward gender parity in politics as has Bolivia, where women now hold almost half the seats in congress and laws...
Saudi Arabia may execute first female political activist
Human rights activists are campaigning to save the life of the first woman in Saudi Arabia to be sentenced to death over her political activism. Israa al-Ghomgham, 29, was arrested...
Academic rues marginalized position of women in political sphere
Mysuru: Pointing out that representation of women in India was worse than that of Pakistana and Nepal, retired professor of political science at the University of Mysore (UoM) Prof. M Umapathi on...
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...
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...
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...
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...

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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