Gender Equality

Leadership for Stability and Security

Around the world, bold leadership is needed to combat high crime rates, non-state armed groups, terrorism and war. Women leaders are uniquely positioned to address these critical issues.

Women’s Political Networks: Defining Leadership, Breaking Barriers, and Fostering Change

This paper seeks to understand the impact women’s political networks have globally in supporting women overcome the universal cultural and structural barriers they face in engaging in a political career. With best practices from national, regional and international networks, this paper explores the role and modus operandi networks have adopted in supporting women running for national office in congressional or parliamentary elections, enhancing their effectiveness and shaping their leadership once in office.

The Current State of Gender in Brazil

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Women’s Political Networks: Defining Leadership, Breaking Barriers, and Fostering Change

Since 1995, the world average of women in parliament has grown from 11.3 percent to 22.7 percent. Although progress is slow going, multiple initiatives can be credited for building momentum behind equal representation.

From Day One: An Agenda for Advancing Women Leaders in Africa

Leaders are born; yet many born female in rural parts of sub-Saharan Africa go unrecognized largely because, from day one, women and girls face a political, cultural and social environment that inhibits their development into well-equipped female leaders.

Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

The harrowing, but triumphant story of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, leader of the Liberian women’s movement, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, and the first democratically elected female president in African history.

International Women’s Day 2017: A Day Without a Woman

On International Women’s Day 2017, Global Women’s Leadership and Women in Public Service Project Director, Gwen Young explains the national protest called, “A Day Without a Woman.”

Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Madame President Book CoverWhen Ellen Johnson Sirleaf won the 2005 Liberian presidential election, she demolished a barrier few thought possible, obliterating centuries of patriarchal rule to become the first female elected head of state in Africa’s history.

International Women's Day: Private Sector Perspectives

The private sector knows that gender parity in leadership is important: more women are on boards of multi-national companies, and research shows that diverse leadership can lead to better financial results and better productivity. Gender-balanced companies perform better financially, particularly when women occupy a significant proportion of top management positions.

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