Advancing Women's Political Leadership & Global Peace

Our Mission

Mina's List seeks to build just and peaceful societies by advancing women's political leadership and participation globally. We are committed to realizing 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 and substantive political leadership globally. Substantive representation means that women parliamentarians 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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Afghan women need your urgent support

Mina's List is responding to the crisis in Afghanistan. In line with our mission, we are focused on women political leaders, peacemakers, civil society activists, and human rights defenders, all of whom are in grave danger of targeted violence by the Taliban.

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As we work to mobilize global action to help these women escape, we need your help more than ever.

How You Can Help
“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

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.

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, 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.

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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When we elect women, we protect the rights of all citizens—and strengthen the fairness and effectiveness of democracy itself.

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