Studies

Data and evidence are crucial to support advocacy for more women in political leadership. WPL Studies build this knowledge. WPL partners with outstanding academic institutions, international organisations and private sector supporters to produce fact-based reports.

Social Media: Advancing Women in Politics?

Over 900 female Parliamentarians from 107 countries participated in this unique survey based study, giving insights into their social media experiences and behaviour. Is social media a means to bypass the bias often found in classical media? Is it a tool to counter stereotypes that women political leaders face? In cooperating with Harvard University (Shorenstein Center) and Facebook, WPL assembled data and information on today’s chances and challenges of social media in politics.

The female political career

Why are still almost 80 % of the world’s Parliamentarians men, and only 17% of government ministers are women? Why are there, in 2016, only 19 female Heads of State or Government? The study “The Female Political Career” analyses survey answers of 617 female and male politicians from 84 countries. It is designed to understand the non-legal barriers that women face in the different phases of the political lifecycle. “The Female Political Career” is the result of a cooperation with the World Bank, the Universities of Yale and California-Berkeley, and it is supported by EY.