The share of women in managerial positions is a key indicator within the UN Sustainable Development Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
In the past two decades, the percentage of managerial positions held by women has seen a slow pace of growth, according to data from the International Labour Organization.
In 2000, women held only 24.9% of management positions worldwide. By 2021, this figure had inched up to 28.2% – an increase of 3.3 percentage points over 21 years.
To better understand the significance of these figures, consider this: the average annual increase in women’s representation in management positions has been a mere 0.16 percentage points.
This incremental progress stands in stark contrast to the fact that women constitute 40% of the global workforce. This disparity highlights the ongoing challenges and the slow pace of change in achieving gender parity in leadership roles.
- SDG Labour Market Indicators (ILOSDG), ILOSTAT, International Labour Organization, accessed 26 May 2023.