Profiles: Women in Power
Over the past decades, women have made great strides in expanding their political power. Yet, the achievements of Angela Merkel, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Dilma Rouseff, Benazir Bhutto, Park Geun-hye, and, possibly, Hillary Clinton, remain the exception and not yet the rule as in most countries, women remain woefully under-represented at all levels of institutionalized political decision-making. Recent UN data show that just over 21 per cent of parliamentarians are women, up from around 11 per cent since the 1995 Beijing Fourth World Conference on Women. Additionally, women make up less than 10 per cent—eighteen— of the world’s heads of state and heads of government.
In this section, we showcase women leaders from around the world—present and past—their leadership style and assess the domestic and global impact of their administration.
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Profiles from Issue 1 (August 2015)
PROFILES OF VALOR: ISRAELI WOMEN ACTIVISTS TELL THEIR STORIES
Founder of first Haredi Women’s Party, U’Bezchutan
Bestselling author; Journalist; Speaker on women’s issues
Lawyer for Social Justice; Coordinator of the Israel 1325 Project; Program Director at Itach-Maaki
Social Worker; Peace Activist in Wahat al Salam
Educator, Mother, Advocate for Compassion and Peace
Co-Founder of the First Hasidic Feminist Organization; Agent of Social Change
Feminist Spiritual Innovator; Community Leader; First Female Congregational Rabbi in Israel
Former Knesset Member for Yesh Atid; First Ethiopian-Israeli TV Presenter; Lawyer
Advocate Against Sexual Violence; Lawyer; Beauty Queen; Rape Survivor
Feminist, activist and researcher; Faculty at Ben Gurion University