Empowering Women's Political Leadership Globally

Our Mission

Mina’s List seeks to realize women’s equal and substantive representation in national governments around the world.

Research shows that more women in government leads to increased 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 political participation globally.

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

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“We need women with a vision, women who are really committed to changing the lives of other women…If we do not bring women into politics, if we do not increase their number, if we do not have a specific agenda, I do not think our political counterparts will be willing to listen. So who is going to do that? The best way is to have strong, committed, mission-driven women inside the parliament to lobby, advocate, and claim the rights of half the population.”
– The Hon. Shinkai Karokhail

Why we do it

Women make up less than 20 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.

The 2011 UN General Assembly resolution on women’s political participation notes:
“Women in every part of the world continue to be largely marginalized from the political sphere, often as a result of discriminatory laws, practices, attitudes and gender stereotypes, low levels of education, lack of access to health care, and the disproportionate effect of poverty on women.”

5 Step Guide on How to Achieve
Women's Equal & Substantive Representation in Politics
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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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Towards equal & substantive representation ...

Even when elected to national government, women policy-makers may lack the sufficient skills or willingness to address issues of gender equality.

This is why Mina’s List is working towards equal and substantive representation, which means that women parliamentarians are both willing and able to advocate for women’s interests in the political arena.

The presence of women in government is important not only to secure the equal rights of women, but for the nature of governance itself.

Research shows that when women are empowered as political leaders, more laws are passed to promote women’s rights and countries experience higher standards of living, including positive developments in education, infrastructure and health, and tangible gains for democratic governance, such as decreased corruption, greater cooperation across party and ethnic lines, and more sustainable peace.

Examples

  • In Argentina, despite representing only 14 percent of deputies, female parliamentarians introduced no fewer than 78 percent of the bills related to women’s rights. (Read More)
  • In places as diverse as Timor-Leste, Croatia, Morocco, Rwanda, and South Africa, an increase in the number of female lawmakers has led to legislation related to anti discrimination, domestic violence, family codes, inheritance, and child support and protection. (Read More)
  • In West Bengal, villages with greater representation of women in local councils saw an increase of investment in drinking water facilities and roads were almost twice as likely to be in good condition. (Read More)
  • Data collected from 19 OECD countries found that an increase in women legislators results in an increase in total educational expenditure. (Read More)
  • It is no coincidence that Rwanda, a country where women make up 64% of its Parliament, has become a leader among African countries for economic and social development.
  • World Bank Data collected from over 100 countries showed that more women in parliament and legislative bodies resulted in lower levels of corruption. (Read More)
  • In South Africa, women leaders of all races were essential in developing a national security framework based on human needs and development. (Read More)
  • Pakistan’s Women’s Parliamentary Caucus, a multi-ethnic and multi-party political caucus, is leading rehabilitation efforts in areas affected by humanitarian crisis or extremist violence. (Read More)

Empowering women’s political leadership will have a ripple effect on every level of society and the global condition.

Where are the Women in Politics Worldwide?

What We Do

Mina’s List works collaboratively with regional women’s rights organizations and legislators to build the skills of aspiring women political leaders through Workshops and Mentorship.

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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 five 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, more laws are passed to protect women’s rights and countries experience better education, health, economic development, and tangible gains for democratic governance.

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