Women leaders on rise worldwide

The number of women who perform duties as leaders or high-ranking executives in international organizations has increased over recent years.

A total of 58 countries were governed by a woman between 1960 and 2021, according to Germany-based statistics company Statista.

In the last 50 years, 13 countries had over one female leader.

New Zealand and Finland had the highest number of women leaders between 1960 and 2021, whereas 199 countries have not had a women leader.

Six female world leaders ruled for over ten years. Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed has been the first female leader to remain on duty for the longest period. Ruling with intervals while currently on duty, Hasina has led Bangladesh for nearly 17 years.

Hasina is followed by Indira Gandhi, who served as prime minister in India with intervals. With a ruling period of nearly 16 years, Gandhi has been India’s first and only female prime minister.

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