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

03.04.2020
Lessons from African Feminists Mobilizing Against COVID-19
Last week, the Women, Peace and Security program hosted a webinar with its Peace and Social Change Fellowship participants, who are leaders of grassroots women’s...
03.04.2020
African women in leadership: Africa’s might lies in its women
“An equal world is an enabled world.” This bold statement forms part of 2020’s International Women’s Day theme. Now more than ever, with COVID-19 running rampant, nations across the globe require an...
02.04.2020
The women battling coronavirus at the White House
At first, there were no women. When President Donald Trump announced the coronavirus task force, it was made up entirely of men. That is pretty shocking for a team of experts in health...
31.03.2020
The voice of women leaders is critical today more than ever
Strong leadership is recognized as a collective effort, with the best decisions drawing on cognitive diversity and success builds on success. At a time when leaders are at their most stretched, the...
31.03.2020
Women in Politics 2020 Map: Turkey Ranks 122nd
According to the “Women in Politics 2020” Map prepared by UN Women and IPU, Turkey ranks 138th in the category of women in ministerial positions while it ranks 122nd in the category of women in...
31.03.2020
Why gender matters in the impact and recovery from Covid-19
The Covid-19 outbreak has revealed the strengths and weaknesses in our collective global and national capacities to respond to this health emergency. Everything in our social world is gendered,...
27.03.2020
Numbers of women in parliament remain low in Caucasus and Central Asia
The presence of women in parliaments across the Caucasus and Central Asia has risen in the last 25 years, albeit slowly: in most countries in the region, between 15 and 25 percent of their MPs are...
27.03.2020
How suffragists raced to secure women's right to vote ahead of the 1920 ele...
The year 1917 was highly consequential for the suffrage movement. Having lost the chance to defeat the reelection of President Woodrow Wilson, who had initially been lukewarm toward...
27.03.2020
‘Opening a door that was closed too long’: the hunt for a female vice-president
Hours after the Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren ended her presidential campaign and all but assured the next American president would be a white man in his 70s, a group of influential...

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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