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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21.03.2022
Key findings on Indian attitudes toward gender roles
Indian adults nearly universally say it is important for women to have the same rights as men, including eight-in-ten who say this is very important. At the same time, however, there are...
The Pathways to Politics Program for Women is a non-partisan initiative to change the face of politics in Australia.
11.03.2022
Women invited to forge pathway into politics as new knowledge hub launches
An innovative program to advance female participation in Australian politics is calling for new participants and launching a knowledge hub, sharing leading research, articles and interviews on the...
Access to justice for women and girls: UNDP and UN Women launch the Gender Justice Platform
11.03.2022
Access to justice for women and girls: UNDP and UN Women launch the Gender Justi...
On International Women’s Day, UNDP and UN Women launched the Gender Justice Platform to leverage their partnership on gender justice. Since 2020, UN Women and UNDP have joined together to enable...
International Women's Day: Chinese women continue to face political, socio-economic discriminations (Photo: Reuters)
10.03.2022
International Women's Day: Chinese women continue to face political, socio-...
As the world is set to celebrate International Women’s day, Chinese women continue to face political and socio-economic discriminations despite the communist regime’s tall claims of women empowerment...
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08.03.2022
Statement on International Women’s Day
By Ashim SteinerThe world wants an end to the tremendous human suffering in Ukraine, with millions of Ukrainians displaced by the conflict. The situation jeopardizes the safety of all Ukrainians and...
Escuela de Formación Política para Mujeres Líderes en sesión. 
08.03.2022
Paraguay: Political training for women helps reduce the representation gap
In a region that has seen the greatest progress in political gender equality in the last two decades, Paraguay stands out, but for the wrong reasons: it has the third-lowest percentage of women in...
Enhancing Women's Political Participation in Africa- IDEA
07.03.2022
Enhancing women's political participation in Africa
Enhancing Women's Political Participation in Africa (Women in Political Participation (WPP) is a Pan-African gender project on the different facets of Women and Politics in Africa. Funded...
Biden nominates Ketanji Brown Jackson to become first black woman on supreme court - The Guardian
28.02.2022
Biden nominates Ketanji Brown Jackson to become first black woman on supreme cou...
Joe Biden on Friday nominated Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the supreme court, seeking to elevate a Black woman to the nation’s highest court for the first time in its 232-year history.Biden’s...
 Foreign Minister of Mongolia Battsetseg Batmunkh Credit: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia
18.02.2022
Mongolia now has a record number of women ambassadors
The achievement is part of a long trek toward gender equality in Mongolia’s foreign policy.Last year, Mongolia celebrated its 110th anniversary as an independent country. Along with that, modern...

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