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

26.11.2020
Monitoring women's political participation & elections in Africa
Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November:Violence against women and girls takes many forms and is...
26.11.2020
How Ukraine’s gender quotas work in practice
A businesswoman from the southern city of Kherson, Eremenko has seen Ukraine’s local political system from the inside. After helping the Ukrainian army when war broke out in the east of the country...
26.11.2020
Mens forum pushes for more women in politics
Men’s Forum on Gender is pushing for the enactment of electoral laws that compel political parties to implement the 50/50 gender representation in their structures before being allowed to contest in...
23.11.2020
Somalia: Groups explore ways to increase women's participation in politics
Civil society and human rights activists, legal experts, politicians and youth representatives met in Mogadishu on Sunday to discuss ways to increase and strengthen women's participation in Somalia's...
23.11.2020
'No democracy without women': Priced out of politics in El Salvador
The first time Karla Hernandez ran for office in El Salvador, she kept seeing a male candidate from her party in expensive television adverts, while she scraped by on a shoestring - relying on...
18.11.2020
Following election, Jordan sees drop in female lawmakers
Only 15 women make it into parliament thanks to quota system for minorities.The results of this week’s Jordanian parliamentary vote announced on Wednesday were disappointing for advocates of gender...
18.11.2020
How the Coronavirus risks exacerbating women’s political exclusion
The coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt political processes around the world. Seventy-three elections have been postponed. Many parliaments have suspended or limited their activities, and...
17.11.2020
She Runs program aims to boost the number of women in politics as sexism scandal...
In a Perth workshop, 23 women have been learning to run.The women are fellows at a "campaign school" run by the not-for-profit group She Runs, aiming to equip them with all the skills they need to...
13.11.2020
Prominent Libyan lawyer Hanan al-Barassi gunned down in Benghazi
Libya's UN-backed Government of National Accord has condemned the killing of prominent Libyan lawyer and women's rights activist Hanan al-Barassi, who was gunned down by armed men Tuesday in the...

iKNOW Politics Partners Resources

International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA)
Taking stock of progress on gender equality using the global state of democracy indices
UNDP
UNDP gender and recovery toolkit
UN Women, Inter-Parliamentary Union
Resources on Gender-sensitive Responses to COVID-19
UN Women, Inter-Parliamentary Union
Resources on Gender-sensitive Responses to COVID-19

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