International Women's Day

Women in Ghana, participating in politics

To celebrate International Women's Day 2016, we raised awareness of women's participation in politics and leadership. 

Women only account for 22% of politicians globally and, while great progress has been made since the Suffragette movement started over a century ago, there are still barriers to women's participation.

When women’s voices aren't heard in decision making, the deep-rooted causes of gender inequality, discrimination and unequal access to essential things like healthcare and education remain. 
We work with women’s rights organisations around the world to change that – but there’s still a long way to go for women to have the same leadership opportunities as men.

Suffragette Roulette app

For International Women's Day, we launched app to raise awareness of the challenges women face getting elected around the world. The app, inspired by the Suffragette’s original Pank-a-Squith board game, features real-life hurdles women face to have their voices heard in politics – from Twitter sexism to assassination attempts. 

Will you take on the patriarchy to get elected?

Find out more about Suffragette Roulette

Our research

In late 2015, we conducted research in Afghanistan, Ghana, Nepal and Zimbabwe into what works in getting more women into politics and public life.

The research found that the absence of safe spaces for women, lack of economic empowerment, low literacy levels and strong cultural traditions are all obstacles to women having a voice, but that women’s groups and women-only safe spaces can help women find the confidence and gain the skills to take on leadership roles in their communities and, in some cases, run for elected office. 

Download Creating New Spaces research

Read the policy briefing

Download the Afghanistan report

Download the Ghana report

Download the Nepal report

Download the Zimbabwe report