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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Image: UNDP/Aisha Jemila Daniels.
20.05.2022
#PanWomanity as the new #PanAfricanism: What can data tell us?
The inclusivity of women in politics and decision-making is steadily rising across Africa. This could be the last frontier for sustainable development in Africa.Africa has enormous potential to grow...
17.05.2022
Elisabeth Borne: Who is France's new prime minister and what's on her...
Centrist politician Elisabeth Borne was appointed France’s new prime minister on Monday, becoming the second woman to hold the post in the country.Borne, 61, who was labour minister in the previous...
Hungary’s 1st female President Katalin Novak takes office  Source: Szilard Koszticsak/MTI via AP
13.05.2022
Hungary’s first female President Katalin Novak takes office
Katalin Novak, the first female president of Hungary, took office here on Tuesday. Her predecessor, former head of state Janos Ader, greeted the new president at the entrance to the Sandor Palace,...
Lisa Cook, KEN CEDENO (REUTERS)
11.05.2022
USA: Senate confirms Lisa Cook to be the first black woman on Fed board
(CNN)-The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Lisa Cook to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, becoming the first African American woman to be a member of the panel.The final vote was 51-50 with Vice...
Karine Jean-Pierre to become White House press secretary, the first black and out LGBTQ person in the role - CNN
09.05.2022
Karine Jean-Pierre to become White House press secretary, the first black and ou...
(CNN) Karine Jean-Pierre will become the new White House press secretary when Jen Psaki departs her role next week, President Joe Biden announced in a statement Thursday, becoming the first Black and...
الرئيس الغزواني انتقد أداء الحكومة السابقة (الجزيرة)
15.04.2022
A new government in Mauritania includes 4 women
The Mauritanian presidency announced the formation of a new government of 25 ministers headed by Prime Minister Mohamed Ould Bilal.According to a presidential decree read out Thursday night by the...
DW: Women are a minority in Somalia's parliament
13.04.2022
Somalia: Women struggle to make their voices heard in politics
Although Somalia now has a quota system for female lawmakers, women are frequently held back from pursuing leadership roles due to pervasive cultural and social barriers.It's not easy being a female...
Reuters
08.04.2022
Senate confirms Jackson as first Black woman on U.S. Supreme Court
WASHINGTON, April 7 (Reuters) - Ketanji Brown Jackson was confirmed by the Senate on Thursday as the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court in a milestone for the United States and a victory...
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21.03.2022
Key findings on Indian attitudes toward gender roles
Indian adults nearly universally say it is important for women to have the same rights as men, including eight-in-ten who say this is very important. At the same time, however, there are...

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#PanWomanity as the new #PanAfricanism: What can data tell us?
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Advancing gender equality in national climate plans: Progress and higher ambitions - UNDP
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Project brief: Advancing gender equality and women's leadership in political and business life project
Project brief: Advancing gender equality and women's leadership in political and business life project
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Access to justice for women and girls: UNDP and UN Women launch the Gender Justice Platform
Access to justice for women and girls: UNDP and UN Women launch the Gender Justice Platform

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