Context:- 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