Throughout the world, women are often underrepresented as voters and excluded from the sphere of politics. Women in elected office are hard to find, just like in the private sector, civil service and academia. According to the UN General Assembly, this is due to obstacles such as discriminatory laws, practices, attitudes and gender stereotypes, low education levels, lack of access to health care, and the disproportionate effect of poverty on women.
Women leaders like Taiwan's newly elected president Tsai Ing-wen, Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi and Nepal's Bidhya Devi Bhandari have bucked the trend to rise to the top. However, the truth remains that globally, fewer than 10 percent of political leaders are women.
Girls and young women continue to face considerable cultural and economic barriers to their equal participation in society. You can help by supporting GreaterGood's GROW program, which provides funding for tuition, books, uniforms and whatever else is standing in the way of girls getting the education they deserve.Whizzco