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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Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley addresses COP26 (IPU)
27.07.2022
Climate change action: These seven women MPs are leading the way
Research shows that female political leadership directs countries to adopt more robust climate change policies. Even though women globally are just 26.3 per cent of all...
The Reform Party, Isamaa and the Social Democratic Party SDE signed their coalition agreement in the White Hall of the Riigikogu
26.07.2022
Estonia: New cabinet sworn into office
Prime Minister Kaja Kallas has regained her parliamentary majority with the swearing in of a new government made up of a three-party coalition. Despite the return of stability, the PM has warned of "...
Then-presidential candidate Draupadi Murmu greets supporters in Odisha state, India, on June 22. (AP)
22.07.2022
In a first, India elects tribal woman to be president
NEW DELHI — About 5,000 Indian lawmakers on Thursday elected Draupadi Murmu, an Indigenous tribal woman with humble roots, to be the country’s next president, marking a breakthrough for one of India’...
Intergeneration Dialogue on Generation Equality and Women’s Leadership in Malawi: “This is Malawi, a land of women, who lead, and men, who celebrate them” (Picture: UN Women)
01.07.2022
Intergeneration Dialogue on Generation Equality and Women’s Leadership in Malawi...
In 2021, the world’s political leaders, youth activists, corporate executives, development agencies, gathered in Paris for the Generation Equality Forum to lay the foundation for a new agenda to...
UNDP Colombia
28.06.2022
Emergency preparedness requires gender-aware responses to reduce burdens of care...
This new report presents a clarion opportunity to champion improved, gender-responsive social protections and to ensure meaningful participation of women to identify solutions to acute and chronic...
Human rights activist Francia Marquez, a vice-presidential candidate in Colombia, is pictured on March 25, 2022. © Juan Barreto, AFP
20.06.2022
Francia Marquez: From maid to Colombia’s first Black vice-president
When Colombians on Sunday elected their first leftist president ever, they also voted for their country’s first Black vice-president. Francia Marquez, a Black single mother who worked as a maid...
New study finds disparity between men and women in politics in India is immense - Picture: She The People
13.06.2022
New study finds disparity between men and women in politics in India is immense
A new study about women in politics by Professor Parimal Maya Sudhakar, Head of the School, MIT School of Government, MIT World Peace University reported the disparity between the number of male and...
International IDEA's Rumbidzai Kandawasvika-Nhundu, Senior Advisor for Democracy and Inclusion, presents information on gender equality approaches during the Albania 2022 International Forum for Gender Equality “Equality and Me” held on 27 May 2023.
10.06.2022
Albania addresses gender equality in decision-making beyond gender quotas
International IDEA presented its latest data on gender quotas at the Albania 2022 International Forum for Gender Equality “Equality and Me”, which focused on developing a stronger...
Women on Board - European Parliament
09.06.2022
Women on boards: deal to boost gender balance in companies
40% of non-executive director posts should go to the under-represented sex  Dissuasive penalties for non-compliance  Small and medium-sized enterprises with up to 249 employees will be...

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International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA)
Enhancing inclusive political participation and representation in Africa
Enhancing inclusive political participation and representation in Africa (Picture: International IDEA)
Inter-Parliamentary Union
Climate change action: These seven women MPs are leading the way
Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley addresses COP26 (IPU)
Inter-Parliamentary Union
Gender agenda: The big conundrum in the general elections in Kenya and Senegal
»Coumba Diaw, Senegal« picture: UN Women/Assane Gueye licence: CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0
Inter-Parliamentary Union
Women and political power In Pakistan
Women and political power In Pakistan (Picture: the Friday Times)

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