Women make up just 24% of parliamentarians globally.


Only 41 countries have more than 30% female representation in parliament and there are 38 countries in which women account for less than 10% of parliamentarians. Major hurdles remain for female politicians seeking higher office, due to both systemic gender inequalities and self-imposed caps on aspiration in light of these inequalities.

Only 18% of government ministers worldwide are women, with most responsible for social sectors such as education or family.



...that’s the number of years it would take to close the economic gender gap at the current pace of change.

Ending gender disparities is not just a matter of principle, it is also an imperative for economic growth. If women participated equally in the global economy, it would lift global GDP by 26% over the next 10 years. But employment is just one area where gender inequality negatively impacts both developed and developing countries. Gender disparity in education, lack of sexual and reproductive health rights, gender based violence, and other persistent issues continue hold our communities, societies, and economies back.

Innovative solutions are needed to accelerate progress in these crucial areas.

Involvement of women in political decision-making has a positive impact on democracy, development & security.

There is strong evidence of a correlation between women’s political participation and development in the areas of health, education, social welfare, and the environment. Women’s participation also has a significant, demonstrable impact on peace and security. 

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It's time to get impatient.

Rather than patiently waiting for change, it’s time to take action. Atalanta works from the top-down and the bottom-up: We identify and support female candidates around the world with the potential to hold the highest public offices, and we accelerate programmes aimed at addressing the root causes of gender inequality. Learn more about what we do.


Sources: 1. World Bank Gender Statistics, 2017 2. World Economic Forum, Global Gender Gap Report 2017 3. McKinsey Global Institute, "The Power of Parity: How Advancing Women's Equality Can Add $12 Trillion to Global Growth" 4. Laurel Stone, “Quantitative Analysis of Women’s participation in Peace Processes”