When will women hold as many top government jobs as men?

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When will women hold as many top government jobs as men?


French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel attend a video conference at The Elysee Palace in Paris, France, January 11, 2021. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS

By Emma Batha

LONDON, Feb 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Boosting the number of female leaders and government ministers will help build a stronger post-pandemic world, the head of U.N. Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, said on Monday as data showed women may wait 130 years to see equality at the top.

Here are some key facts about women in leadership positions:

- There are 22 countries with elected female heads of state or government. Recent additions to the list include Peru, Lithuania and Moldova.*

- On Jan. 25, Estonia became the only country with a female president and female prime minister.

- A total of 119 countries have never had a woman leader.

- At the current rate of progress, gender parity at the highest positions of power will not be reached for 130 years.

- Parity will not be achieved in national legislative bodies before 2063 and in ministerial positions before 2077.

Click here to read the full article published by Reuters on 1 February 2021.

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