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UN Women reports: 113 countries yet to have a female head of state

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UN Women says choosing women for leadership roles shows a strong commitment to gender equality and tackling global challenges together. Also said that 113 countries never had a female Head of State, and only 26 countries are led by Women currently.

According to a recent report by UN Women on gender equality, released on Monday, it emphasizes prioritizing women as numerous countries prepare for elections in 2024. This data coincides with the International Day for Women in Diplomacy, celebrating women’s efforts in diplomacy and their impact in breaking barriers.

Sima Bahous, UN Women executive director said “As many countries head to the polls this year, we all must put women first, at the pinnacle of power, where and when it matters the most.”

As of January 1, 2024, women occupy only 23 percent of Ministerial positions globally, and in 141 countries, women constitute less than one-third of Cabinet ministers. Seven countries have no female representation in their Cabinets.

Sima Bahous, said, “Our work is guided by the belief that when women lead, the world is better for all people and the planet.” She also added: “Women’s equal participation in governance and leadership is key to improving lives for all,”  She believes that selecting women for leadership roles shows a firm political resolve for gender equality and underscores a shared dedication to addressing today’s global challenges.

“As we prepare to mark 30 years since the passage of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the world’s most progressive blueprint for advancing women’s rights, UN Women continues to work to ensure women lead and thrive in shaping and driving positive change, including through occupying the most senior positions of power,” Sima Bahous stated.

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