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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Photot from The Guardian
02.09.2022
Cristina Fernández de Kirchner: arrest after attempted shooting of Argentina vic...
Fernández de Kirchner was greeting supporters outside her home when a Brazilian man approached her and raised a handgun to her faceA man has been detained after he aimed a handgun at point-blank...
Kyrgyzstan hosted the second "Women's Leadership – A Breakthrough into a New Era” National Forum (UN Women logo)
01.09.2022
Kyrgyzstan hosted the second "Women's Leadership – A Breakthrough into...
On 21-22 August, women leaders, politicians and civil servants from all provinces of Kyrgyzstan gathered at the second National Forum Women's Leadership – A Breakthrough into a New Era. The forum...
Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, pictured here in Toronto in June 2022, had insults hurled at her during an encounter in Grande Prairie, Alta. (Cole Burston/The Canadian Press)
29.08.2022
Chrystia Freeland latest target of public threats, intimidation against women in...
Some journalists have been sharing emails detailing disturbing threats.Public instances of threats and intimidation of women in public life have intensified in recent weeks, with significant examples...
Zawadi Amour Nassor. Photo: UN Women
25.08.2022
Partnership with women’s caucus strengthens the voices of women legislators in Z...
Just a few years before she was elected as a Member of the Zanzibar House of Representatives (ZHoR), Zawadi Amour Nassor didn’t have political aspirations, but life had bigger plans for her. Today,...
Yes, women are allowed to party, even when they’re PM. Finnish women back Sanna Marin with  #solidaritywithsanna videos (Picture Women’s Agenda)
23.08.2022
Yes, women are allowed to party, even when they’re PM. Finnish women back Sanna...
The women of Finland are backing their prime minister, Sanna Marin, by posting videos and memes of themselves on social media showing them dancing and having a good time, accompanied with #...
Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley addresses COP26 (IPU)
27.07.2022
Climate change action: These seven women MPs are leading the way
Research shows that female political leadership directs countries to adopt more robust climate change policies. Even though women globally are just 26.3 per cent of all...
The Reform Party, Isamaa and the Social Democratic Party SDE signed their coalition agreement in the White Hall of the Riigikogu
26.07.2022
Estonia: New cabinet sworn into office
Prime Minister Kaja Kallas has regained her parliamentary majority with the swearing in of a new government made up of a three-party coalition. Despite the return of stability, the PM has warned of "...
Then-presidential candidate Draupadi Murmu greets supporters in Odisha state, India, on June 22. (AP)
22.07.2022
In a first, India elects tribal woman to be president
NEW DELHI — About 5,000 Indian lawmakers on Thursday elected Draupadi Murmu, an Indigenous tribal woman with humble roots, to be the country’s next president, marking a breakthrough for one of India’...
Intergeneration Dialogue on Generation Equality and Women’s Leadership in Malawi: “This is Malawi, a land of women, who lead, and men, who celebrate them” (Picture: UN Women)
01.07.2022
Intergeneration Dialogue on Generation Equality and Women’s Leadership in Malawi...
In 2021, the world’s political leaders, youth activists, corporate executives, development agencies, gathered in Paris for the Generation Equality Forum to lay the foundation for a new agenda to...

iKNOW Politics Partners Resources

Inter-Parliamentary Union
Generation Equality: IPU milestones one year on
Women MPs at the 144th IPU Assembly in Madrid 2021 (Picture IPU)
UNDP
UNDP’s Gender Equality Strategy 2022-2025
Strategy UNDP (cover)
UNDP
UNDP launches ambitious plan to speed up progress on gender equality and women’s empowerment
UNDP launches ambitious plan to speed up progress on gender equality and women’s empowerment (Photo: UNDP Uzbekistan)
International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA), UNDP
Paraguay: Political training school for women leaders earns award by the global network on electoral justice
Paraguay: Political training school for women leaders earns award by the global network on electoral justice (International IDEA)

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