Women are gaining relatively more representation across all the platforms than they did in the past, including politics. The world is exploring and witnessing the marvellous capacity and talents of Women’s leadership in politics. Gender equality is declared as the fifth United Nations Sustainable Development Goal, which implies that women shall be the paramount focus of global development policy. The role of women in global politics has a significant impact on the range of policy issues that are discussed and prioritized. Women have proven to be strengthening the essence of political democracy along with increased responsiveness towards women’s leadership at national, local, and community levels. Women that have acquired the chance to lead their countries have brought tremendous development to their countries. For example, New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has made history with her key policies to uplift the well-being of her people.
It has also been noted that the role of women in global politics is essential for fostering international security. From women policymakers in international security affairs to gender-balanced peacekeeping forces, women’s participation in security negotiations is essential to formulate a sustainable international security approach. Moreover, women in politics and governance can act as an anchor to address gender-based issues in all other sectors of society – provided that women are in the position to influence policy-making and governance from the top-bottom approach.
Although over time, women’s representation in global politics has increased –it has yet not reached a proportionate level as compared to men. The number of female heads of state has increased in the past decade, but it is still insufficient. According to United Nations, only 28 states have a female head of state or government. The women in the position of leadership and influence have proven themselves more than admirable, which means that the trend of women’s role in global politics must follow.
Moreover, in order to make the role of women in global politics more effective, a range of gender-sensitive political reforms are being introduced all across the world, such as changing the “long hours” culture in politics. Further can be done by investing in mentoring programs for women to boost their confidence, establishing a zero-tolerance policy against sexism in political cultures, and funding women political candidates to reach equal representation.
Realization of the role of women in global politics begins with accepting that women are not minorities; they are half of the world’s population, which means that women in politics are an essential prerequisite to sustaining democracies. Having women influencing global politics brings about diversification in the range of solutions that are proposed to address a host of global political issues. Another trend that has been observed regarding the role of women in global politics is that the citizens perceive women leaders as more honest and responsible than male leaders, which increases the people’s confidence in representative and democratic institutions. All across the world, the present times are witnessing unprecedented political chaos and instability – in these uncertain times, women’s role in global politics must be encouraged in the hope of positive change and a shift toward stability.