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A Sustainable Model for Women’s Leadership

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March 18, 2023

Why in news?

It is the right time to build a sustainable model for women empowerment considering 900 million adolescent girls across the world.

What is the status of women’s leadership?

  • According to the Women’s World Atlas, only four countries have achieved parity between women and men in parliament.
  • The world is home to 900 million adolescent girls and young women poised to shape the future of work and growth.
  • The World Bank notes that over 43% of Indian STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) graduates are women.

How significant is women’s leadership?

  • Women leadership is crucial to tackling climate crisis.
  • Women leadership leads to peaceful foreign diplomacy cutting across borders.
  • In government at national and more local levels, women leaders are associated with fewer deaths and faster action.
  • In companies, women leaders have proven to be motivating and communicative during any crisis.

What are the key elements for women’s leadership?

  • ICT - Women at all levels of society must have inclusion in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT).
  • Bodily autonomy – Women need to be empowered to make decisions about their bodies.
  • Shared responsibility within the household – It is crucial for us to recognize, reduce and redistribute unpaid care and domestic work, so that women may enjoy economic opportunities and outcomes on an equal footing to men.
  • Educational Technology solutions - gives us tools to bridge part of the accessibility gap in education through hybrid learning models.
  • Beyond comfort zone - Moving beyond one's comfort zone is critical for women leaders as it helps build resilience and confidence.
  • Dismantling stereotypes - Actively countering stereotypes and advocating for the inclusion of women in all fields.
  • Sporting activities - The inclusion of adolescent girls and young women in sports can build their self-confidence, strengthen self-belief, and impart the nuances of teamwork.
  • Providing employability - multi-pronged approach is needed in enhancing women’s employability.

What are the barriers to women’s leadership?

  • Gender norms that disproportionately allocate domestic and care responsibilities to women
  • Representation of men as leaders of STEM (Science, Technology Engineering, and Mathematics), finance, and entrepreneurial fields
  • Inadequate maternity leave
  • Lack of childcare facilities in the workplace



  1. The Hindu │ Women’s Leadership
  2. UNFCCC │Women Climate Champions
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