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

23.06.2020
'I want to see myself:' Black women mount public and private campaign...
Influential Black women are mounting a robust effort to persuade presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden that selecting a black woman as his running mate would give him the best advantage...
22.06.2020
UNDP Launches Webinar Series To Promote Parliamentary Innovation And Response Du...
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pacific Office in Fiji has launched a new webinar series, to highlight and promote parliamentary innovation and response to the coronavirus (COVID-19)...
22.06.2020
Iceland’s Prime Minister praises female leaders for response to coronavirus
Iceland’s prime minister has indicated that female leaders have offered a better response to coronavirus across the world than some of their male counterparts. Katrín Jakobsdóttir said: ‘It’s a...
22.06.2020
10 lessons from the COVID-19 frontline for a more gender-equal world
Evidence shows that disease outbreak affects women and men differently, that pandemics exacerbate inequalities for girls and women, who are also often the hardest hit, and that women play an outsize...
17.06.2020
Women candidates won big in June primaries
The June 2 primaries were a major night for women candidates, so much so that in multiple House races in New Mexico, Indiana, and Iowa, voters will choose between two women candidates this fall.Take...
17.06.2020
First lady announces youth art project on women's suffrage
Melania Trump wants to use art to help children learn about women's suffrage.The first lady on Monday announced a youth art project to coincide with the ratification nearly 100 years ago of the...
16.06.2020
Black women mayors healing and leading their communities
In the weeks following George Floyd’s murder, communities around the U.S. have collectively mourned the killing of another African American at the hands of police officers.In the midst of widespread...
16.06.2020
Egypt parliament allocates 25% of seats to women
The Egyptian Parliament has approved an amendment to an article in the constitution to allocate 25 percent of seats to women, local daily Egypt Today reported.During the years of 1979, 1984 and 2010...
15.06.2020
Aunty, Didi, Bhabhi, Tai: How Indian women politicians are ‘domesticated’ so the...
The Suffrage, one of the most important milestones for the feminist movement, marked the beginning of women’s struggle to win the right to vote. Generations later, not only do women exercise voting...

iKNOW Politics Partners Resources

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
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

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