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. 


 A woman holds a Chilean flag in Valparaiso last year. In a referendum in October, Chileans voted by a 79% landslide majority in favor of a popularly elected citizen assembly with gender parity. Photograph: Rodrigo Garrido/Reuters
‘A game-changing moment’: Chile constitution could set new gender equality stand...
Chileans to elect 155-strong assembly made up of equivalent men and women to set out new framework and enshrine equal rightsWomen’s rights activists in Chile say that the country’s new...
Protesters against the military coup in Myanmar are surrounded by women’s clothes which have been hung in the streets to keep soldiers and police away [Stringer/Anadolu]
The women of Myanmar: ‘Our place is in the revolution’
Some 60 percent of protesters against the military coup are women who fear their hard-won rights hang in the balance.Every day at sunrise, Daisy* and her sisters set out to spend several hours in the...
In a historic first, President Biden was flanked by two women — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Harris — as he addressed a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. Chip Somodevilla/Bloomberg via Getty Images
'Madam Speaker, Madam Vice President': Women make history at Biden...
When a president addresses Congress flanked by the vice president and speaker of the House, it's tradition. But when both of those seats are filled by women, it's history in the making.Such was the...
Kim Janey and Tishaura Jones, The Boston Globe via Getty Images and AP
USA: The number of Black women mayors leading major cities to reach historic hi...
(CNN) - A new wave of Black women are breaking barriers as they ascend to mayoral seats in cities with deeply rooted histories of racism and inequality.On Tuesday, Tishaura Jones will be...
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks to reporters as he holds his first formal news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 25, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis
Women dominate Biden's first slate of judicial nominees
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden released his first slate of 11 federal judicial nominations on Tuesday, nine of them women of diverse backgrounds including several Black candidates and an...
Habiba Sarabi was the only woman in the government’s 12-strong team at talks in Moscow on Thursday. The Taliban delegation had none. Photograph: Massoud Hossaini/AP
Afghan peace summit includes just one female delegate
A three-day conference aimed at breathing life into Afghanistan’s stalled peace process has been launched in Moscow, but Afghan human rights activists have raised the alarm that the delegates...
European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen stands as European Council president Charles Michel, centre, and Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan take seats in Ankara © via REUTERS
EU-Turkey in blame game over ‘sofagate’ after Ursula von der Leyen left standing
Dispute over protocol prompts charges of sexism at meeting in AnkaraTurkey and Europe are trading blame over who left the European Commission chief on her feet, in a spat over protocol that has...
Samia Suluhu Hassan was sworn in at State House in Dar es Salaam (file image)
Tanzania swears in Samia Suluhu Hassan as first female president
Samia Suluhu Hassan has been sworn in as President of Tanzania, becoming the first female head of state in the east African country following the death of president John Magufuli.Ms Hassan, 61,...
UN Women
Why we support women’s leadership
The data is clear. Despite women’s increased engagement in public decision-making roles, equality is far off: women hold about 21 percent of ministerial positions globally, only three...

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 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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