Women's Leadership

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Women in Leadership and Political Participation - WPP Stories (Picture International IDEA)
Women in Leadership and Political Participation - WPP Stories
About Women in Political Participation ProjectWomen in Political Participation (WPP) is a Pan-African gender project on the different facets of Women and Politics in Africa. Funded by Sida and implemented by International IDEA, its aim is to contribute to advancing the goal of gender equality in...
Zawadi Amour Nassor. Photo: UN Women
Partnership with women’s caucus strengthens the voices of women legislators in Zanzibar
Just a few years before she was elected as a Member of the Zanzibar House of Representatives (ZHoR), Zawadi Amour Nassor didn’t have political aspirations, but life had bigger plans for her. Today, she represents the Konde constituency of Northern Pemba, where the Representative seat had previously...
Adji Diarra Mergane Kanouté, a member of Senegal’s National Assembly. The country is the lone bright star in West Africa for nearly achieving gender parity representation, 43 percent, in its parliament, lifting the otherwise sagging rate overall for the r
In West Africa, a staggering low number of women in politics is brightened by one exception
LAGOS — A mere 17 women were appointed or elected to parliaments, ministerial or electoral offices in the West Africa/Sahel region out of 134 available positions from December 2021 to June 2022. While the paltry figures have long raised concerns among the region’s women’s-rights advocates, the...
Towards a more “equally equal” Liberia: The case for a mandatory gender quota (Picture Front Page Africa)
Towards a more “equally equal” Liberia: The case for a mandatory gender quota
Monrovia — The 54th Session of the National Legislature has an enormous opportunity to represent the interests of Liberian women and advance Liberia’s record of women’s leadership in Africa and globally through the passage of a mandatory gender quota in the New Elections Law that is currently on...
The International Day of World’s Indigenous Peoples highlights 2022 celebrates the role of Indigenous women in the preservation and transmission of traditional knowledge. (Picture UNDP)
Five indigenous women leaders you should know about
As custodians of natural resources and archivists of scientific and traditional knowledge, Indigenous women play an essential role in preserving forests and natural ecosystems. Indigenous women are indispensable to achieving climate justice, taking the lead to defend Indigenous peoples’ lands and...
Enhancing inclusive political participation and representation in Africa (Picture: International IDEA)
Enhancing inclusive political participation and representation in Africa
Africa has made significant progress in enhancing inclusive political participation and representation, mostly for women, youth and people living with disabilities. This report unpacks the trends and challenges of inclusive participation in Africa.The domestication (though at ...
Protecting public health in adverse circumstances: subnational women leaders and feminist policymaking during COVID-19
Protecting public health in adverse circumstances: subnational women leaders and feminist policymaking during COVID-19
This article analyses how women governors, mayors, and local elected officials promoted public health and social protection in countries where men chief executives failed to take steps to contain the virus. We focus on adverse circumstances in six cases: Brazil, the United States, the Philippines,...
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How Indians view gender roles in families and society
Indians accept women as political leaders, but many favor traditional gender roles in family life.More than half a century ago, India was one of the first countries in the world to elect a woman as prime minister, and the country currently has several highly influential women politicians, including...
Protesting Turkey's gender violence policies in Istanbul, July 2021 - Emanuele Satolli / Contrasto / Reuters (published on Foreign Affairs)
Revenge of the patriarchs: Why autocrats fear women
The pantheon of autocratic leaders includes a great many sexists, from Napoléon Bonaparte, who decriminalized the murder of unfaithful wives, to Benito Mussolini, who claimed that women “never created anything.” And while the twentieth century saw improvements in women’s equality in most parts of...
Sex & power 2022
UK: Sex & power 2022 Index
Fawcett's Sex and Power 2022 Index is a biennial report which charts the progress towards equal representation for women in top jobs across the UK. Yet again, the report reveals the pace of change is glacial in the majority of sectors and shows that women are outnumbered by men 2:1 in...
Media discrimination and gender differences in political ambition in a laboratory experiment - Sage journals
Media discrimination and gender differences in political ambition in a laboratory experiment
Very little research has considered how media discrimination could impact men and women’s political ambition. Yet, media discrimination could impact both beliefs about gender roles and political competence, and beliefs about voter bias, both of which could decrease women’s political ambition and...
What drives women’s substantive representation in muslim-majority countries? Lessons from Turkey - Sage Journals
What drives women’s substantive representation in muslim-majority countries? Lessons from Turkey
Although a voluminous literature has studied the substantive representation of women, these studies have largely been confined to advanced democracies. Similarly, studies that focus on the relationship between Islam and women’s rights largely ignored the substantive representation of women in...

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Inter-Parliamentary Union
Generation Equality: IPU milestones one year on
Women MPs at the 144th IPU Assembly in Madrid 2021 (Picture IPU)
UNDP
UNDP’s Gender Equality Strategy 2022-2025
Strategy UNDP (cover)
UNDP
UNDP launches ambitious plan to speed up progress on gender equality and women’s empowerment
UNDP launches ambitious plan to speed up progress on gender equality and women’s empowerment (Photo: UNDP Uzbekistan)
International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA), UNDP
Paraguay: Political training school for women leaders earns award by the global network on electoral justice
Paraguay: Political training school for women leaders earns award by the global network on electoral justice (International IDEA)

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