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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Who is Dina Boluarte, Peru's first female president? (Picture: CNN)
08.12.2022
Who is Dina Boluarte, Peru's first female president?
(CNN) — Dina Boluarte took office as the new President of Peru on Wednesday, after Congress ousted former president Pedro Castillo.In this turbulent context, Boluarte, who until a few hours ago...
Dina Boluarte said she would govern until 2026 (Picture: Getty images)
08.12.2022
Peru's President Pedro Castillo replaced by Dina Boluarte after impeachment...
Peru has a female president for the first time, after ex-president Pedro Castillo was impeached - hours after he tried to dissolve parliament.Dina Boluarte - previously the vice-president - was sworn...
“Their courage should give us hope and direction”: Generation Equality Action Coalition on Feminist Movements and Leadership uplifts the contributions and priorities of women human rights defenders (UN Women Logo)
07.12.2022
“Their courage should give us hope and direction”: Generation Equality Action Co...
On 29 November, the Action Coalition on Feminist Movements and Leadership, together with UN Women and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, held their first official commemoration of...
UN scores Nigeria low on women participation in politics (Picture: UN Logo)
02.12.2022
UN scores Nigeria low on women participation in politics
INEC urges political parties to respect their constitutionsThe United Nations (UN) has scored Nigeria low in the area of women participation in politics.The UN Women Representative to Nigeria and the...
The many times Jacinda Ardern has faced sexist questions from reporters – video (Picture: The Guardian)
30.11.2022
Jacinda Ardern and Sanna Marin dismiss suggestion their age and gender was reaso...
Finland’s PM says she met Ardern in New Zealand because they are both ‘prime ministers’ after journalist asks whether it was due to similar age and gender.The prime ministers of Finland and New...
“There is no place for violence against women in democratic cities and regions”, says Council of Europe Congress Spokesperson on Gender Equality (Picture: Council of Europe)
29.11.2022
“There is no place for violence against women in democratic cities and regions”,...
On the eve of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, held every year on 25 November, the spokesperson for the Council of Europe Congress on Gender Equality, Ms Eirini...
Nigeria: NGO laments inadequate publicity for women politicians, others (Picture: Blueprint)
28.11.2022
Nigeria: NGO laments inadequate publicity for women politicians, others
The CEO Women Radio, a non-governmental organization, Toun Okewale Sonaiya, has lamented that female politicians and leaders are not given the adequate media coverage as their male counterparts....
Betsy Chavez jurando su cargo como primera ministra (Foto: Twitter)
28.11.2022
Peru's president Pedro Castillo has named Betssy Chavez as the new prime mi...
The former culture minister replaces Aníbal Torres, who resigned after losing the confidence of the Andean parliament.The president of Peru, Pedro Castillo, he appointed Betsy Chavez ...
Gender Equality: The EU is breaking the glass ceiling thanks to new gender balance targets on company boards (European Commission Logo)
23.11.2022
Gender equality: The EU is breaking the glass ceiling thanks to new gender balan...
Today, the European Parliament has formally adopted the new EU law on gender balance on corporate boards. By 2026, companies will need to have 40% of the underrepresented sex among non-executive...

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UN Women
Women at the table: Insights from Lebanese women in politics
Report: WOMEN AT THE TABLE: INSIGHTS FROM LEBANESE WOMEN IN POLITICS (UN Women)
UN Women
Listening to women in politics: New report by UN Women and UN ESCWA tells the stories of 7 trailblazing Lebanese women in politics who have broken ‘glass ceilings’
Listening to women in politics: New report by UN Women and UN ESCWA tells the stories of 7 trailblazing Lebanese women in politics who have broken ‘glass ceilings’ - Photo: UN Women Lebanon / UN ESCWA
UN Women
“Their courage should give us hope and direction”: Generation Equality Action Coalition on Feminist Movements and Leadership uplifts the contributions and priorities of women human rights defenders
“Their courage should give us hope and direction”: Generation Equality Action Coalition on Feminist Movements and Leadership uplifts the contributions and priorities of women human rights defenders (UN Women Logo)
UN Women
UN scores Nigeria low on women participation in politics
UN scores Nigeria low on women participation in politics (Picture: UN Logo)

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