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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“There is no place for violence against women in democratic cities and regions”, says Council of Europe Congress Spokesperson on Gender Equality (Picture: Council of Europe)
29.11.2022
“There is no place for violence against women in democratic cities and regions”,...
On the eve of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, held every year on 25 November, the spokesperson for the Council of Europe Congress on Gender Equality, Ms Eirini...
Nigeria: NGO laments inadequate publicity for women politicians, others (Picture: Blueprint)
28.11.2022
Nigeria: NGO laments inadequate publicity for women politicians, others
The CEO Women Radio, a non-governmental organization, Toun Okewale Sonaiya, has lamented that female politicians and leaders are not given the adequate media coverage as their male counterparts....
Betsy Chavez jurando su cargo como primera ministra (Foto: Twitter)
28.11.2022
Peru's president Pedro Castillo has named Betssy Chavez as the new prime mi...
The former culture minister replaces Aníbal Torres, who resigned after losing the confidence of the Andean parliament.The president of Peru, Pedro Castillo, he appointed Betsy Chavez ...
Gender Equality: The EU is breaking the glass ceiling thanks to new gender balance targets on company boards (European Commission Logo)
23.11.2022
Gender equality: The EU is breaking the glass ceiling thanks to new gender balan...
Today, the European Parliament has formally adopted the new EU law on gender balance on corporate boards. By 2026, companies will need to have 40% of the underrepresented sex among non-executive...
The research indicates that women face up to eight times the level of abuse online compared to their male counterparts (Picture RTE)
23.11.2022
Ireland: Women running for election more likely to be subjected to abuse - study
Women running for election are more likely to be the victims of personalised, misogynistic abuse - online and at the doorstep - than their male counterparts.That is according to new research...
During the week-long training in Kigali, the fellows unpacked all facets of being a young, African female leader (UNDP Picture)
21.11.2022
Learning to lead: what does it mean to be a young, African, female leader?
Insights from the second cohort of African Young Women Leaders (AfYWL) fellows during a leadership training that took place in Kigali, Rwanda, from 17 to 21 October 2022.A leader is visionary,...
US: Record 12 women to serve as governors, with notable firsts (Picture: AP)
21.11.2022
USA: Record 12 women to serve as governors, with notable firsts
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A record 12 women will take their seats as their state’s highest-ranking elected officials when the nation’s governors are sworn in this winter.The number tops the high mark...
All three women prime ministers celebrate Parliament's equality milestone. L-R: Helen Clark on video link, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Dame Jenny Shipley (Robert Kitchin/Stuff)
11.11.2022
Female political figures celebrate Parliament's equality milestone
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says New Zealand has an “even stronger” footing to speak on gender equality as lawmakers past and present celebrated Parliament becoming one of few in the world to be...
 Boston Mayor Michelle Wu [+]BOSTON GLOBE VIA GETTY IMAGES
10.11.2022
USA: Women in politics have to deal with more harassment and violence. A new dat...
Boston Mayor Michelle Wu has become a target for white supremacists. Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal of Washington was stalked outside her house by a man with a gun. And New York...

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Towards improved measures of gender inequality: An evaluation of the United Nations Development Programme’s Gender Inequality Index and a proposal
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UNDP, Inter-Parliamentary Union, UN Women
Towards improved measures of gender inequality: An evaluation of the United Nations Development Programme’s Gender Inequality Index and a proposal
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UNDP, Inter-Parliamentary Union, UN Women
Towards improved measures of gender inequality: An evaluation of the United Nations Development Programme’s Gender Inequality Index and a proposal
Towards improved measures of gender inequality: An evaluation of the United Nations Development Programme’s Gender Inequality Index and a proposal (Picture: UN Women)
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Nigeria: NGO laments inadequate publicity for women politicians, others
Nigeria: NGO laments inadequate publicity for women politicians, others (Picture: Blueprint)

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