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. 


Left: Representative Shirley Chisholm announces her candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination. Right: Vice President Kamala Harris wears purple during hte 59th Presidential Inauguration. AP Photo; Greg Nash - Pool/Getty Images
Kamala Harris' purple Inauguration Day outfit may have been a nod to the fi...
Kamala Harris made history on January 20 when she became the United States' first female, Black, and Asian American vice president.During the historic inauguration, she wore a bright purple...
Kamala Harris is sworn in as vice president as her husband, Doug Emhoff, looks on at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20. Alex Wong / Getty Images
Kamala Harris became the first Black, South Asian VP with 'firsts' sur...
Harris, whose political career has included many barrier-breaking moments, was surrounded by firsts as she took the oath of office Wednesday.Kamala Harris, the daughter of an Indian mother and a...
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Norway supports UN Women to advance Libyan women’s participation in peacebuildin...
With generous support from the Government of Norway, UN Women will intensify its efforts to advance the Women, Peace and Security agenda in Libya at this critical juncture.The Government of Norway...
Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi
New Yemeni government excludes women for first time in 20 years
Feminists in war-devastated Yemen have condemned the exclusion of women from a new government formed under a power-sharing deal between the internationally-recognized government and separatists.The...
Launch of the first women leaders’ dialogue in Central Asia
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan -- A prominent group of women leaders representing the Central Asian states and the United Nations launched a new platform, the Central Asian Women Leaders’ Caucus, today to...
Constitution review: Female legislators unite on inclusion of women’s rights
Female legislators in the National Assembly have formed a team to lobby their male colleagues for the purpose of ensuring the inclusion of women’s rights in the nation’s constitution.Several attempts...
Switzerland rolls back ‘antiquated’ ban on women showing their shoulders in parl...
Women in Swiss parliament are now allowed to show their shoulders and arms after the Council of States relaxed its clothing regulations for women.Hans Stöckli, current president of the house,...
Meet 13 female health ministers in Africa leading fight against Covid-19 pandemi...
Across the world, the Coronavirus has not only become another disaster to wipe us all out of the earth but has also put the spotlight on the level of competence of our political leaders.In Africa,...
No 10's Covid press briefings led exclusively by men for past six months
Downing Street has not used a female minister to lead its coronavirus press conference for more than six months, a tally by the Guardian has found, prompting accusations that Boris Johnson ...

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International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA)
Taking stock of progress on gender equality using the global state of democracy indices
UNDP gender and recovery toolkit
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UN Women, Inter-Parliamentary Union
Resources on Gender-sensitive Responses to COVID-19

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