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. 


Italy, UN Women join forces to advance women’s political engagement in Jordan
The Italian government and UN Women signed a two-million-euro agreement to implement a project titled “Women’s Effective Engagement in Shaping the Future of Jordan’s Political Life”.The move is a...
Inuka, UN take views to boost women participation in governance
Women's participation in political leadership and decision-making is gaining momentum in Homa Bay following the ongoing collection of views from the community.Inuka Community Developers Network in...
OSCE organizes summer school on leadership skills for young Tajik women
From 21 to 25 August 2023, the OSCE Programme Office in Dushanbe (the Office) conducted a Gender Equality and Leadership Skills Summer School in Bahoriston, Sughd region. The event brought together...
Top women in Maryland government, local administration stress of importance of w...
A room full of women who lead some of Maryland’s districts, counties and local agencies gathered for a luncheon at the Maryland Association of Counties in Ocean City on Friday to talk about the role...
Liberian women sign peace manifesto
Prominent women under the banner, Liberian Women Peace Summit have penned a peace manifesto, calling for peaceful 2023 Elections.One of the joint winners of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, Liberian...
She is running workshops to ensure the voice of rural women is heard in politica...
Women in rural Ireland who are getting ready for the 2024 local elections have made their views on safe participation in public life known via the See Her Elected organisation to a Task Force...
August 9 celebrates women’s role in South African society
Women’s Day in South Africa marks the day that thousands of women from across the country took part in a mass march against apartheid pass laws in 1956. It also honours the role of women in society....
Women needs seat at economic, political and social tables - Zulu
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma officially launched Women's Month in Durban on Tuesday.She said opportunities in the ocean economy and other industries will be brought into sharp focus so that women can...
Sri Lanka’s women MPs meet former New Zealand PMs Jacinda Ardern and Helen Clark
The Women Parliamentarians’ Caucus of Sri Lanka, who are on a study visit to New Zealand, has met the former Prime Ministers of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern and Helen Clark.Empowering women leadership...

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Italy, UN Women join forces to advance women’s political engagement in Jordan

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