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

19.08.2019
Kenyan politics is a boys’ game, but women are fighting hard for their rightful...
When footage circulated last week of a Kenyan lawmaker, Hon. Zuleikha Hassan, being kicked out of parliament for coming in with her baby, reactions across the country were mixed, but mostly...
16.08.2019
Transforming education for a new generation of leaders
Viewpoint by Phumzile Mlambo-NgcukaThe writer is UN Women Executive Director. She issued this statement for International Youth Day, 2019.NEW YORK (IDN) – Sixteen-year old Gambian Jakomba...
16.08.2019
Voices: Three questions for Marta Grande, young MP, Italy
Voices is part of a new IPU web series in which we interview parliamentarians from around the world. The views and opinions they express are their own and do not necessarily reflect the IPU’s...
16.08.2019
Voices: Three questions for Rayya al-Manthari, young MP, Oman
Voices is part of a new IPU web series in which we interview parliamentarians from around the world. The views and opinions they express are their own and do not necessarily reflect the IPU’s...
15.08.2019
Japan’s upper house is no place for a woman
It should be no surprise that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has declared gender equality to be one of his main priorities. Japan ranks 125 out of 149 countries in measures of female...
14.08.2019
Transgender MPs are over-represented in Thai Parliament while women struggle to...
As Thai women struggle to establish a foothold in the politics of a nation that ranks among the worst in the world for sex parity in government leadership, news outlets in the West are cheering on...
14.08.2019
South Africa not psychologically ready for a female president
Former National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete believes South Africa is not psychologically ready for a female president.Mbete was talking to SAfm's Masechaba Ndlovu on Monday evening as the radio...
13.08.2019
The podcast that's inspiring women to pursue positions in leadership
Women have made great progress in the struggle for equality. But when it comes to filling leadership positions, women lag substantially behind men across industries, including in law,...
13.08.2019
Zuleika Hassan: Kenyan MP with baby ordered to leave parliament
Female MPs have walked out of Kenya's parliament in solidarity with a colleague who was ordered to leave because she had taken her baby.Zuleika Hassan said she had brought her five-month-old baby...

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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