On September 2015, the UN Sustainable Development Summit approved 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. SDG5 aims to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030. In particular, Target 5.5. aims to “Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life”.
During the last twelve months the world experienced some major achievements for women’s political empowerment that the iKNOW Politics Team wants to remember on this day of celebration, hoping that the next year brings even more successes for women in politics:
- On November 4, 2015, Justin Trudeau, Canada’s freshly elected Prime Minister, named 15 women to sit in a cabinet of 30 [EN, FR].
- Saudi Arabia gave women the right to vote and to be candidates for the municipal elections of November 2015 [EN, AR].
- Also on November 2015 Dr Amal Al Qubaisi, became the first woman to be Speaker of an Arab National Council, being the Speaker of the United Arab Emirates’ Federal National Council [EN, AR].
- In January 2016, the Marshall Islands parliament elected Dr. Hilda Heine as President of the country, thus becoming the first female leader in the Pacific region [EN, AR, FR].
- Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the National League for Democracy, won the majority in Myanmar elections, held on November 2015 [EN, FR, AR].
- Nemah bint Jamiel bin Farhan Al-Busaidiya was elected in Oman’s Shura Council on 4 November 2015 [EN, AR].
- The Islamic Republic of Iran’s 10th parliamentary elections show around twice the number of female members as in the previous parliament [EN, FR].
- France has a perfect parity government since the ministerial changes that happened on February 2016 [FR].
- The Global Women’s Forum Dubai 2016 was held at the Madinat Jumeirah on February 23 and 24, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; and led by Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the UAE Gender Balance Council and President of Dubai Women Establishment [EN, AR].