22 May 2023

Inclusive Leadership: Parliamentary Perspectives on Gender Representation in Politics

Gender equality is the number 5 goal of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, yet, despite the increasing adoption of measures aimed at reducing the representation gap, we keep witnessing gender pay gaps, underrepresentation of women in the labour market, and women in executive and leadership roles are not yet the new normal. This is especially true in politics, where exclusionary dynamics carry on, with critical consequences for the quality of decision-making and the creation of inclusive political environments.

This dialogue was an opportunity for policymakers to explore the topic of inclusive leadership and equal representation in political institutions. During the conversation, participants shared their own views on the topic and learned from other national and parliamentary perspectives.

Policymakers were joined by Costanza Hermanin, Research Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies of the European University Institute in Florence (Italy), and Jonathan Malloy, holder of the Honorable Dick and Ruth Bell Chair in Parliamentary Democracy at Carleton University (Canada).

The activity took place, on Monday, 22 May 2023, from 16:00 to 18:00 (CEST).



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