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Global Institute for Women’s Leadership Launched

King’s College London is establishing a Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, chaired by Julia Gillard.

The Institute will bring together rigorous research, practice and advocacy to better understand and address the causes of women’s underrepresentation in leadership positions across sectors and countries and the way gender negatively impacts the evaluation of women leaders.

Women face significant barriers to progress at every stage of their careers and continue to be underrepresented in leadership positions, making up just 23% of national parliamentarians, 26% of news media leaders, 27% of judges, 15% of corporate board members, and 9% of senior IT leaders.

Over the past decade, there has been just a 1% increase in the percentage of senior management roles held by women globally, and it has been estimated that it will take 216 years until women have the same pay and employment opportunities as men.

The Institute will undertake a range of activities designed to strengthen:

  • Research – drawing together existing findings and undertaking new research.
  • Engagement – bringing together experts and stakeholders from across the world.
  • Practice – using research to deliver evidence-based training and teaching.
  • Interconnections between research, policy and practice – building an ecosystem that focuses on what works.

Based at the Policy Institute at King’s, the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership will also have an active online presence, helping to build a network of researchers and practitioners, and to widely disseminate robust evidence about what is effective in promoting gender equality.