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. 


Half of American men can’t handle the prospect of a woman President
In 2019, just 49% of American men say they are comfortable with a woman president, according to a new poll on attitudes toward gender and power by consulting firm Kantar Public ...
Women make up 52% of the Cabinet in Rwanda. Here’s why it’s a big deal
Rwanda celebrated another victory for gender representation on Nov. 5 when President Paul Kagame reshuffled his cabinet — and in the process, increased the number of female ministers from...
Record number of women to stand as candidates in UK election
A record number of female candidates are expected to stand in next month’s UK general election.More than 1,100 women have registered as candidates across political divides, making up 34 per...
Punched, stalked and harassed women abandon UK politics over safety fears
She had just finished taking photographs outside the picturesque Bourne Mill in Colchester, Essex, and was looking at her phone when the first blow came.By the time she looked up the male assailant...
Reykjavík Global Forum - Women Leaders 2019
Women leaders from around the world are gathering in Reykjavik, Iceland, this week, with discussions throughout the day on Tuesday, November 19, and Wednesday, November 20.What are the key...
Women running for office have to worry about one more thing: Their phones
For groups training the next generation of women in politics, the main message is: Do not post. Anything. It’s not fair. It’s not the same for men. But anything you post will be fair game.The young...
9 times a female President took charge of an african country
Africa has been slow to embrace women leaders in politics, but there is an exclusive group of female presidents who have laid the foundations for future female leadership in Africa.These include...
Social media a double-edged sword for female politicians
On Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren's Facebook page, you can find videos ranging from an announcement in Des Moines, Iowa, that her campaign has reached $2 million in donations to...
Election reveals shift in suburban leadership
More young women from diverse backgrounds are running — and winning.As Nadia Mohamed doorknocked for her City Council campaign, the 23-year-old often fielded questions from St. Louis Park residents...

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
Global Report on Gender Equality in Public Administration

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