WIP Study: “The Female Political Career”

Tuesday, January 13, 2015
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The Women in Parliaments Global Forum will present the World Bank / WIP Study “The Female Political Career” next 22 January during the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2015 in Davos. This study reflects survey results from 84 countries around the world designed to understand the hurdles women face in launching and sustaining successful political careers.

Women are still very much alone in politics. The WEF’s annual Global Gender Gap Report shows the bias: health has a small gender gap of 4%, education of 6%, economic participation of 40%, and politics an incredibly high 79%. The glass ceiling might have some cracks, but it still needs to be shattered.

José Manuel Barroso, Former President of the European Commission, Cherie Blair, Founder Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, Kathy Calvin, President UN Foundation, Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director World Food, Programme, Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda and Uschi Schreiber, Global Vice Chair – Markets and Chair of Global Accounts will take part in the discussion about female leadership in Davos.

The Panel will address ways for increasing the number of women in political leadership, and discuss best-practice examples.


“The Female Political Career” is a joint study by WIP and The World Bank. Supported by EY.