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. 

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One of UWC's panels on the topic of "Women in the security sector and peace-building.” (Copyright: NDI)
29.11.2021
The value of women’s leadership: NDI supports the 5th Annual Ukranian Women’s Co...
Despite the fact that 61 percent of Ukrainians believe men and women should be equally involved in political life, women continue to be significantly underrepresented in Ukrainian politics. In this...
UN Women, The European Union and The World Bank launch two reports with a focus on economic and political opportunities for all women in Lebanon. Copyright UN Women
08.11.2021
UN Women, The European Union and The World Bank launch two reports with a focus...
Beirut, (UN Women, The European Union and The World Bank) - Lebanon is facing a convergence of political, economic and social crises, all exacerbated by...
Belgium comes bottom of new 'Women in Diplomacy' ranking. Copyright: The Bulletin
04.11.2021
Belgium comes bottom of new 'Women in Diplomacy' ranking
The position of ambassador is considered the pinnacle of a diplomatic career. However, it is a position that still remains dominated by men. A new ranking - named Shecurity - focuses on the place of...
The Westchester Black Women's Political Caucus celebrated its 45th anniversary in Yonkers Sunday. Copyright: Lohud.
04.11.2021
Paying homage: Westchester Black Women's Political Caucus attracts New York...
New York leaders ingratiated themselves with the Westchester Black Women's Political Caucus on Sunday in Yonkers, as the organization celebrated its 45th anniversary and showcased its rise to power....
Members of the 117th Congress of the United States are sworn in at the Capitol in January 2021. Currently, 119 women hold seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, a record number. (Credit: Franmarie Metzler) - University of Colorado Boulder
01.11.2021
Women politicians drive spending on education and health care to a point
When women gain power in national legislatures such as the U.S. Senate or Israeli Knesset, countries begin to spend more on priorities like education and health care.That’s the conclusion of new...
 (PRESIDENCIA DEL PERU/AFP)
07.10.2021
Peru president names woman environmentalist as new PM
Peruvian President Pedro Castillo accepted the resignation of his prime minister Wednesday and replaced him with a female environmental activist.Under Peruvian law, the prime minister's resignation...
Najla Bouden Ramadhane has been named Tunisia's first female prime minister. President Kais Saied appointed her to lead a transitional government after her predecessor was sacked and parliament suspended. Slim Abid/AP
30.09.2021
Tunisia's new Prime Minister is the first woman to lead a government in the...
Najla Bouden Ramadhane, a university engineer with World Bank experience, has been lifted from political obscurity to become Tunisia's — and the Arab world's — first female prime minister.Ramadhane...
AP news
28.09.2021
As Merkel bids farewell, German women wish for more equality
BERLIN (AP) — Angela Merkel, Germany’s first female chancellor, has been praised by many for her pragmatic leadership in a turbulent world and celebrated by some as a feminist icon. But a look at her...
A woman looks on as people wave Albanian flags during a Socialist Party election rally in Tirana, Albania April 22, 2021. REUTERS/Florion Goga
23.09.2021
Albania votes in its first female dominated government
PRISTINA, Sept 17 (Reuters) - Albania's parliament on Friday voted in the first cabinet to be dominated by women since the multi-party system was introduced 30 years ago.After a parliamentary session...

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