UN: proportion of female ministers at all time high

Added On March 14, 2019

According to the latest data, the proportion of female ministers is at 20.7 percent, an all-time high, and 2.4 percentage points higher than in 2017.
Lifestyles has the details.
The data was released in the 2019 edition of the biennial IPU (Inter-Parliamentary Union)-UN Women map, which was launched on Tuesday at the UN headquarters in New York.
"Ethiopia saw the largest increase in female political representation in executives; it went from having 10 percent female ministers in 2017, to 47.6 percent this year. Mexico made the biggest strides in the Americas, with the addition of five female ministers, increasing the overall share of female ministers by 26.3 percentage points."
The number of countries with no female ministers decreased from 13 in 2017, down to 11.
The data showed that more women are in charge of portfolios traditionally occupied by men. Compared to 2017, 30 percent more female ministers cover defense, 52.9 percent more women cover finance, and 13.6 percent more women cover foreign affairs.
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"Women who are in office are also setting new trends, demonstrating that some of the myths that existed can be broken."
The UN Women Executive Director said at the event that more women in politics leads to more inclusive decisions, and can change people's opinions on what a leader looks like.