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Friday, June 19, 2020
“Women leaders around the world have demonstrated successful management of the pandemic”
Around the world, women are shining through as outstanding leaders as the COVID-19 pandemic escalates. From Germany to New Zealand and Denmark to Iceland, women leaders have shown clarity in their decisions and policies, they are compassionate,...
Friday, June 19, 2020
Online regional dialogue: Women’s Leadership in the context of COVID-19 in the Arab States Region
UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States in partnership with the Arab Women Parliamentarians' Network for Equality (Ra’edat) will host a regional Dialogue on women’s leadership in the Arab states region in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. ...
Thursday, June 18, 2020
Women make good leaders. Can more of them rise to the top?
By Prodita Sabarini, As the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of female state leaders are managing this historical crisis in their respective countries better than their male counterparts. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’...
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
"Gender parity in politics: the state of play" webinar
The webinar "Gender parity in politics: the state of play" took place on 29 May. It hosted a discussion with Jaimie Just, Policy Advisor on Equality and Diversity at CEMR, who presented the key findings of the study “Women in Politics: Local and...
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
A Primer for Parliamentary Action: Gender-sensitive Responses to COVID-19
This Primer highlights practical ways Members of Parliament (MPs) and parliamentary staff can take action to ensure COVID-19 response and recovery decision-making address women’s needs. It is informed by the differential impacts of the disease on...
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
What the pandemic reveals about the male ego
By Nicholas Kristof, Are female leaders better at fighting a pandemic? I compiled death rates from the coronavirus for 21 countries around the world, 13 led by men and eight by women. The male-led countries suffered an average of 214 coronavirus-...
Monday, June 15, 2020
Raising women’s voices and leadership in COVID-19 policies
GENEVA (22 April 2020) – The UN Women’s rights committee calls on governments and multilateral institutions to ensure women’s equal representation in formulating responses to COVID-19 and strategies to recover from the crisis. The UN Committee on...
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
US: Could coronavirus response affect women’s votes?
Deborah Bosner was gobsmacked the first time she tuned into Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s near-daily coronavirus briefings and heard his health director, Dr. Amy Acton, speak. The Upper Arlington business owner spent 13 years working for Battelle and said...
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Is the great woman theory of coronavirus leadership true?
A couple of days ago, Norway’s Prime Minister, Erna Solberg, was asked why countries with women leaders were having more success combating the coronavirus pandemic than their male counterparts. After all, Taiwan, New Zealand, Finland and Germany...
Tuesday, June 09, 2020
Ethiopia’s first female president on plans to combat Covid-19 and resuscitate the economy
Ethiopia’s first female president, Sahle-Work Zewde, spoke to FORBES AFRICA’s Managing Editor, Renuka Methil, on the country’s plans to combat Covid-19 and resuscitate one of the fastest growing economies in Africa. Zewde, listed as one of Africa’s...
Tuesday, June 09, 2020
How African feminists are sustaining peace in a pandemic
Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, African feminists have been essential in responding with care to the challenges facing their communities. COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Africa, but not at the exponential rate experienced in other parts of the...
Wednesday, June 03, 2020
'We are losers in this crisis': research finds lockdowns reinforcing gender inequality
Life during the coronavirus lockdown has reinforced gender inequality across Europe with research emphasising that the economic and social consequences of the crisis are far greater for women and threaten to push them back into traditional roles in...
Wednesday, June 03, 2020
Black female mayors take the spotlight amid protests and pandemic
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms captured the nation’s attention when she addressed the civil unrest occurring in her city after George Floyd’s death. “I am a mother to four black children in America, one of whom is 18 years old,” Bottoms said...
Tuesday, June 02, 2020
Jacinda Ardern: 'Political leaders can be both empathetic and strong'
In this book extract, the New Zealand PM says too much focus on power and strength means leaders can lose sight of the need for kindness. Tell us a little about yourself. My name is Jacinda Ardern and I’m the prime minister of New Zealand. And I’m...
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Tuesday, June 02, 2020
'It's not a joking matter': Boris Johnson reprimanded over lack of women in government during COVID-19 crisis
Boris Johnson has been reprimanded after laughing when he was asked about a lack of female decision makers in the government’s coronavirus response. Appearing before the House of Commons liaison committee, the prime minister was told by chair Sir...
Tuesday, June 02, 2020
Covid-19 crisis could set women back decades, experts fear
The coronavirus pandemic is having a devastating effect on gender equality and could set women back decades, experts have said on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act. In a week during which it was revealed that women are bearing the...
Monday, June 01, 2020
UN Women calls women leaders for gender-sensitive Covid-19 response
"Women in Turkey do five times as much domestic and care work than men. The Covid-19 crisis will likely deepen inequalities," says a guide by UN Women. The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women's (UN Women) Turkey...
Monday, June 01, 2020
Organizations must take conscious steps for inclusive leadership: UN Women’s Naciri
We are not living up to our own commitments to promote women's rights, and we are also harming the prospects for sustainable, inclusive, economic growth that research shows are within reach if we succeed in creating a more gender-equal economy and...

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