While the proportion of female leaders, from local to global level, is increasing, women remain vastly outnumbered by men in leadership positions. Women’s ability to participate in and influence the decisions that affect their lives – from the household to the highest levels of political decision making – is both a basic human right and a prerequisite for responsive and equitable governance. Increasing women’s representation and participation at all levels is also essential for putting issues of importance to women on national and local agendas.
Empowering women and fully leveraging their talent and leadership in the global economy,politics and society are fundamental to maximising a nation’s competitiveness, as diverse leadership is more likely to find innovative solutions to foster growth that shares its benefits across all social groups. For more information view http://www.oecd.org/gov/oecdglobalforumonpublicgovernance.htm