UN Women says majority of nations lacks woman Head of State

Anjali Sharma

GG News Bureau
UN Women on Monday in new figures revealed that 2024 is the biggest electoral year ever, 113 countries have still never had a woman Head of State and only 26 are led by a woman today.

The new data published as the world celebrated the International Day for Women in Diplomacy, recognized the different ways women are breaking barriers and making a difference in the field of diplomacy.

UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous 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.”

UN women stated that as of 1 January 2024, women make up less than a third of Cabinet ministers in 141 countries. In seven countries, there are no women represented in Cabinets at all. Meanwhile, only 23 per cent of Ministerial positions are held by women.

Women are also underrepresented as Permanent Representatives to the UN, it noted.

It stressed that as of May 2024, women held 25 per cent of senior ambassador posts in New York, 35 per cent in Geneva, and 33.5 per cent in Vienna.

“Our work is guided by the belief that when women lead, the world is better for all people and the planet,” Ms. Bahous said.

“Women’s equal participation in governance and leadership is key to improving lives for all,” she added.

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