Women in power


“Gender equality in leadership leads to more equal allocation of public financial resources, and more targeted delivery of services such as water, education and health services.”

Around the world, women continue to be marginalised within decision-making institutions. While more women are able to gain positions of power at the local level, many who gain these positions to fill a quota lack the confidence and support to be as effective as they could be.

VSO International reports that based on current trends, women will not be equally represented in parliaments until 2065, and will not make up half the world’s leaders until 2134. We simply cannot afford to wait that long.

Read more about the barriers to women’s participation in political life, the women fighting against them, and our chance for change.