When one woman is a leader, it changes her. When more women are leaders, it changes politics and policies.
Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile
Women are still very much alone in politics. The share of women in Parliaments has steadily increased in the last 15 years. They were 13.1% in 2000 and they are now almost 22%. Despite the positive steps forward in the recent years, we are very far from a full equal representation: all else remaining equal, it will take 47 years at this pace to come to reach gender parity in Parliaments.
This figure hides important variations: Nordic countries are the most gender equal, with women at 41.6% of the total number of Parliamentarians. On the opposite hand of the ranking, Pacific countries with just 15.3% of women among the total number of Parliamentarians. The world champion for women participation in politics is Rwanda where women are 64% of the Chamber of Deputies.
Formal barriers to women participation in politics are nowadays almost inexistent around the world. However a glass ceiling remains. To understand what are the non-legal barriers to a stronger women participation in politics, WIP in conjunction with the World Bank, commissioned an original survey of legislators to portray the obstacles that women face in politics.
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