UN / WOMEN IN POLITICS REPORT

12-Mar-2019 00:02:00
The proportion of women ministers globally is at an all-time high, while the overall representation of women in political decision-making is also on a rise, according to the 2019 edition of the biennial IPU-UN Women map of Women in Politics.UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 12 MARCH 2019, NEW YORK CITY
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1. Exterior shot, UN Headquarters

12 MARCH 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press room
3. Med shot, reporters
4. Wide shot, podium
5. Close up, map
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Gabriela Cuevas Barron, President, International Parliamentary Union:
“I believe that the most important lesson that we achieved after all these studies, is that it is absolutely clear that the legal quotas that the affirmative action when it is well designed, it really changes our reality. And if we are able to make institutional changes then we are going to have also cultural changes. And that is what we want to make it happen through legislation and of course also through budget.”
7. Med shot, photographer in front of map
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women:
“In many of the countries where you have women [in politics] it has been so because there has been special measures. I think what we can now say is that special measures are necessary. We are not likely to see cultural change where there are no special measures. It would take too long.”
9. Cutaway, reporters
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women:
“Women who are in office are also setting new trends, demonstrating that some of the myths that existed can be broken. The fact that the prime minister of New Zeeland became a first woman leader to take maternity leave in office and the sky didn’t fall; so tick [the box]!”
11. Cutaway, reporters
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women:
“The fact that 75 percent of legislators are men…really??? That’s a lot of men, making laws for all of us.”
13. Wide shot, press room
STORYLINE
The proportion of women ministers globally is at an all-time high, while the overall representation of women in political decision-making is also on a rise, according to the 2019 edition of the biennial IPU-UN Women map of Women in Politics.

The map issued jointly by the International Parliamentary Union (IPU) and UN Women captures women’s participation in executive government and in parliament on a given date— 1st January 2019 in this case.

According to the document, the proportion of women ministers is stands at 20.7 percent, or one in five, which is also a 2.4 percentage points higher compared to 2017.

The number of women members of parliaments has also increased compared with 2017 and it stands at 24.3 percent.

However, women’s representation in top-level leadership has decreased from 7.2 per cent of elected heads of state to 6.6 per cent (10 out of 153), and from 5.7 per cent of heads of government to 5.2 per cent (10 out of 193).

Launching the report in New York Tuesday (12 Mar), President of the IPU and a member of Mexican parliament, Gabriela Cuevas Barron, said “the most important lesson that we achieved after all these studies, is that it is absolutely clear that the legal quotas that the affirmative action when it is well designed, it really changes our reality.”

Barron also said “if we are able to make institutional changes then we are going to have also cultural changes. And that is what we want to make it happen through legislation and of course also through budget.”

The UN Women executive director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said that “special measures” are needed in order to achieve change.

She said “it would take too long” to see the culture changes “where there are no special measures.”

Mlambo-Ngcuka said also “women who are in office are also setting new trends, demonstrating that some of the myths that existed can be broken.”

“The prime minister of New Zeeland became a first woman leader to take maternity leave in office and the sky didn’t fall!”

While welcoming the fact that a number of women legislators is on a rise, the executive director said it is not enough.

She said “the fact that 75 percent of legislators are men…really??? That’s a lot of men, making laws for all of us.”

The map of Women in Politics – issued every two years, provides a country ranking for both ministerial and parliamentary representation of women, as well as statistics on women in political leadership positions, such as Heads of State or government, women Speakers of Parliament, as well as ministerial portfolios held by women throughout the world.
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