More women leaders worldwide

The number of women who gained leading positions in their countries has rapidly increased over the last 12 years.

With a 15-year-long ruling period, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been among the female leaders who maintained their position for the longest.

Former Prime Minister of Dominica, Eugenia Charles, remained on duty for 15 years, while Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former president of Liberia, led the country for 12 years, elected consecutively.

But despite this increase, the number of women in leading positions did not exceed 19 in a single year. Thus, female leaders accounted for less than 10 percent of the number of male leaders.

While women run nearly 21 percent of ministries across the globe, the rate of women in cabinets stands over 50 percent in 14 countries, per the December 2020 report by the UN Secretariat General.

Women also comprised 25 percent of all national parliament members in 2020.

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