International Women’s Day 2016

Public impact – what governments achieve for their citizens – is not straightforward. The challenges and complexities that test policymakers’ day in and day out demand the best and brightest to be present at decision-making tables.

Unfortunately, as in other sectors, government leadership positions remain dominated by men. This ensures that governments not only fail to reflect the societies they serve, but also are deprived of the diversity of points of view and thinking that are crucial to creating effective and sustainable solutions.

This International Women’s Day we encourage our community and networks to Pledge for Parity and commit to playing your part to help achieve gender parity more quickly.



“It has always been that girls should have the same opportunity to dream, aspire, achieve, to do whatever their God-given talents are, as boys. There should be no place where there isn’t a welcome mat for women.”
Ruth Bader Ginsberg, U.S. Supreme Court Justice

“Women are leaders everywhere you look – from the CEO who runs a Fortune 500 company to the housewife who raises her children and heads her household. Our country was built by strong women and we will continue to break down walls and defy stereotypes.”
Nancy Pelosi, 60th Speaker of the House of Representatives

“A woman is like a tea bag – you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.”
Eleanor Roosevelt, former First Lady of the United States

“We must carry forward the work of the women who came before us and ensure our daughters have no limits on their dreams, no obstacle to their achievements and no remaining ceilings to shatter.”
Barack Obama, President of the United States

“Having a critical mass of women in leadership and decision-making positions is positive for human development in all countries – whether developed or developing, and whether countries are living in peace, recovering from conflict, or in the process of a democratic transition.”
Helen Clark, former Prime Ninister of New Zealand and Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme

“The size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them. If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.”
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia