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