Poster: Women political leaders 2024

Authored by: UN Women

Categories: Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: Democratization and Political Participation
Region: No Region
Year: 2024
Citation: UN Women. 2024. "Poster: Women political leaders 2024." UN Women, 2024.

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Executive Summary

This poster presents global data on women in executive positions as Heads of State, Heads of Government, and Cabinet members heading Ministries. Data indicate that women are underrepresented at all levels of executive decision-making worldwide, and achieving gender parity in political life remains a distant goal.

As at 1 January 2024, only 27 countries are led by a woman, a modest increase from just 18 countries a decade ago. Women represent 23.3 per cent of Cabinet members heading Ministries in 2024—a less than 0.5 percentage point increase from 2023—and continue to primarily lead portfolios related to women and gender equality, family and children affairs, social affairs, and indigenous and minority affairs. Policy domains such as economic affairs, defence, justice, and home affairs, continue to be dominated by men.