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

14.01.2020
Kenya: new cabinet casts ray of hope in push for gender balance
The nomination of Betty Maina as Industrialisation CS has cast a ray of hope for a gender-balanced Cabinet.President Uhuru Kenyatta also appointed 15 new chief administrative secretaries, eight of...
13.01.2020
Marlène Schiappa: “For generations, we have been nominating men just because the...
Marlène Schiappa, Minister of State for Gender Equality and the Fight against Discrimination in France, attended the 25th year Regional Review Meeting of the Beijing Platform...
13.01.2020
Women still missing from top ranks of business, politics and law
Men still dominate the most senior roles in public life and the UK is “generations away” from achieving gender equality, according to a report published on Monday. The 2020 Sex and Power Index...
10.01.2020
Hattie Caraway, the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate, faced a familiar str...
The first woman elected to the United States Senate is not a household name. That woman, Hattie Wyatt Caraway of Arkansas, kept a very low profile. She is not considered a political trailblazer....
09.01.2020
How to put a stop to election-related sexual violence in Kenya
Institutional weaknesses undermine the prevention of and response to sexual violence during electoral periods in Kenya, according to a new report published by the Office of the United Nations High...
07.01.2020
Austria swears in first female-majority Cabinet
Austria swore in its new conservative-Green coalition Cabinet on Tuesday. For the first time, women ministers will outnumber men.Nine of the 17 members of the new Cabinet are women,...
06.01.2020
Poll: Majority of women say male candidates have advantage running for public of...
A majority of women believe male candidates have an advantage when it comes to running for public office, according to a new Hill-HarrisX poll.In the survey released on Thursday, 65 percent of female...
06.01.2020
Michelle Williams urges women to vote in their 'own self interest' in...
Michelle Williams used her Golden Globes acceptance speech to encourage women to hit the polls this November. (…)Williams said she tried "my very best to live a life of my own making," and she would...
06.01.2020
Croatia elects centre-left challenger Zoran Milanovic as president
Croatia's presidential election has been won by centre-left challenger Zoran Milanovic, who defeated the nationalist incumbent.The social democratic ex-prime minister vowed to heal divisions, and...

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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