Our Mission

Mina's List seeks to build just and peaceful societies around the world by advancing women's leadership in politics and peace. We provide resources, support, tools, and training to empower women political leaders and women human rights defenders in government and civil society. We advocate for and with them, whether they are displaced by conflict or in their home countries.

Research shows that more women in leadership leads to increased levels of peace and stability, the protection of women’s rights, and higher standards of living for all people. Mina’s List provides the educational tools and resources to achieve women’s equal and substantive political leadership globally. Substantive representation means that women leaders are both willing and able to advocate for women’s interests in the political arena.

Through supporting Mina’s List, you can help make this happen and more.

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What We Do

Mina’s list has implemented political training programs for women leaders in Afghanistan and Nigeria and led civil society initiatives to promote women’s inclusion in the Afghan peace process. Following the Taliban takeover in August 2021, Mina’s List has been on the frontlines of the evacuation and long-term resettlement of Afghan women political leaders and women human rights defenders.

Why we do it

Women make up less than 25 percent of parliamentarians around the world, and in thirty seven states women account for less than 10 percent of representatives in single or lower houses.

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If the population is split evenly ...

Despite comprising over 50 percent of the world’s population, women continue to be notably underrepresented in politics and gender inequality exists worldwide. Globally, only one in four Parliamentarians is female. Women face multiple barriers that limit their access to political office, including discrimination, income disparity and lack of access to education.

Yet when women are empowered as political leaders, societies are less likely to experience violent conflict, more laws are passed to protect women’s rights, countries experience better education, health, economic development, as well as tangible gains for democratic governance.

The time is now to capitalize on the current global increase in women political leaders.

The Proof Is In The Numbers

Forty years of data on international crisis show that when the percentage of women in parliament increases by five percent a state is five times less likely to use violence when faced with an international crisis.

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In East Timor, Argentina, Croatia, Morocco, and South Africa, female lawmakers have written and passed laws related to anti- discrimination, domestic violence, family codes, inheritance, and child support and protection.
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Women comprise 64% of parliament in Rwanda, which has become a leader among African countries in social and economic development—despite a mass genocide less than 20 years ago
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In ethnically diverse countries, the presence of a female national leader is correlated with a 6.6 percent increase in GDP growth in comparison to having a male leader.
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Statistical analysis of data also shows that the higher the proportion of women in parliament, the lower the likelihood that the state carries out human rights abuses such as political imprisonments, torture, killings, and disappearances.
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World Bank Data collected from over 100 countries showed that more women in government resulted in lower levels of corruption.
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In India, women political leaders invest more than their male counterparts in schools, female teachers, primary education and beds in hospitals and dispensaries. In West Bengal state, village councils with more women closed the gender gap between girls and boys in school attendance by 13 percentage points, and increased their investments in drinking water facilities.

How we do it

5 Step Guide on How to Achieve
Women's Equal & Substantive Representation in Politics
Partner with women's right organizations to identify aspiring women political leaders.
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Recruit women legislators as mentors & analyze barriers to women’s political participation.
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Build the capacity of aspiring women leaders through training, mentorship and new technology.
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Run for office on a women’s right platform and WIN.
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Achieve women’s equal and substantive representation in national governments worldwide.
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