Women in power: we demand parity!
“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made.”
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
While women represent half of humanity their under-representation in political offices is appalling. Out of 193 countries, only 19 have a female head of state or government. Women make up only 24% of members of national legislative bodies around the world, and only 4 countries have at least 50% of women in the national legislature. And when women stand up and fight to move the tide, they face violence: over 80% of women in politics have been victims of sexual violence or harassment. At this rate, it will take another 50 years to reach parity in national parliaments.
The lack of representation in political positions is not only a fundamental flaw of democracy, but also one of the root causes of gender-related discrimination, and a missed opportunity. Female leadership and participation correlate with more inclusive governance and better economic outcomes. From crossing party lines, being more responsive to public needs, increasing stability, challenging the status quo, and inspiring more women to run for office, gender parity benefits societies and enables progress.
That is why we, past and current elected and appointed representatives from all over the world, as well as candidates for elections, pledge to:
- Support and push forward legislation to ensure gender parity in local, regional, national and supranational elected positions and appointed government positions,
- Foster an inclusive environment where all people can and want to participate in the political life of our respective regions and countries, and
- Stand up for gender equality, always!
March 8th, 2020, the World
This pledge is part of NOW!’s part of the campaign #RunLikeAWoman, focused on ensuring equal representation in political positions! We believe that the lack of representation in political positions is the root cause of most gender-related discrimination and a global problem that all countries share.
And it concerns you: we are harnessing the voices and power of humans from every country to achieve much-needed legislative changes in Parliaments all-over the world. If you want to make your voice heard, sign on the right-end sight!
The campaign will run for at least a year and will involve a significant number of initiatives and activities.
Below you can find the list of politicians who have already decided to support our campaign! Are you a politician or an organization interested in joining the fight? Email us at email@example.com.