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

09.09.2019
A new face in Kosovo looks to transform the role of women in politics
Political apathy is increasing in Kosovo and political parties are trying to reach new constituencies. TRT World spoke to one new candidate who wants to make a difference.Pristina, Kosovo - As...
09.09.2019
Why equal participation of women, men in politics vital for development
It has been revealed that Tanzania was making some effort to promote women in leadership, yet advances are going at a slow pace in many of the top political leadership positions.Speaking recently in...
06.09.2019
For Rohingya women, refugee elections bring new opportunities – and new problems
Romida Begum sat on a chair in her tent home. Nearby, her older male assistant eyed her with a sideways glance. Romida – 27, a woman, and a refugee – couldn’t help but smirk: for once in her life,...
06.09.2019
Men are more confident to enter politics and more likely to have been encouraged...
Men have greater confidence in their ability to serve as politicians and are more likely to have been personally encouraged to enter politics, a new poll shows, underscoring factors why women are...
06.09.2019
For women in politics, being terrorized comes with the job
When Erin Schrode, then 24, decided to run for Congress in her California district in 2016, she expected to face grueling hours and numerous other challenges, but she never anticipated fending off...
06.09.2019
Scottish women invited to take the step into politics
Hundreds of women aspiring for a career in politics will be gathering for a dynamic day at the Scottish Parliament tomorrow (Saturday 7 September).The event has been put together by Scotland's...
06.09.2019
Women and politics
For the first time in 20 years a woman candidate has been named to contest at the upcoming Presidential Election. Environmentalist Dr. Ajantha Perera being nominated is largely seen as a positive...
05.09.2019
Women’s political participation and development
On July 29th, 2019, Brookings India hosted Sonia Bhalotra for a Development Seminar on Women’s Political Participation and Development. She presented two co-authored papers, “Women Legislators and...
04.09.2019
Gender equality leaders call for parity to achieve SDGs
The Group of Gender Equality Leaders established by UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces issued a set of recommendations on gender parity in education and access to...

iKNOW Politics Partners Resources

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
UN Women
Shaping the International Agenda: Raising Women’s Voices in Intergovernmental Forums
UNDP
Global Report on Gender Equality in Public Administration

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