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

23.12.2020
Central African women and girls march for peaceful elections
Hundreds of women peacefully marched through the main streets of the Central African Republic’s capital Bangui today to demand for inclusive, violence-free elections.“All we want is peace,” sang...
18.12.2020
Japan councilwomen says ouster shows gender bias in politics
A councilwoman who was ousted from the town assembly in a famous Japanese hot springs resort after accusing the mayor of sexual assault said Friday her case highlights the problems of male-dominated...
18.12.2020
City of Paris is fined 90,000 euros for naming too many women to senior position...
The city of Paris has been fined 90,000 euros for an unusual infraction: It appointed too many positions in the government.In 2018, 11 women and five men became senior officials. That meant 69% of...
14.12.2020
Vietnam promotes women’s role in building peace
International delegates lauded Vietnam’s contributions to affirming women’s roles in building and sustaining peace while attending the International Conference on Women, Peace and Security...
14.12.2020
PM Hasina’s leadership helps Bangladesh’s economic recovery from COVID-19
Bhutanese Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering today lauded Bangladesh for making striking economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic crediting the success to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s leadership...
14.12.2020
Women leaders set example for rest of Nepal
After the first elections under federalism in 2017, Hupsekot became one of only two municipalities in Nepal in which women were voted both chair and deputy.Laxmi Pandey of the Nepali Congress...
03.12.2020
UAE enhances women's role in post-conflict reconstruction
UAE, in conjunction with Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, GIWPS, has launched a research report and a UN action plan to advance women’s participation in post-conflict...
02.12.2020
Ghana: 41% of women in politics have experienced gender-based violence – Survey
The Gender Centre for Empowering Development (GenCED) on Tuesday December 1, 2020 launched a research report on “Violence Against Women Within Political Parties”.The research, which covered the...
02.12.2020
Being a woman in politics shouldn’t come with death threats
Domestic extremists planned to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer in October. State and local public health officers have received harassing messages and death threats, to the...

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
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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