Breaking Barriers? Women's representation and leadership at the United Nations

Haack, Kirsten (2015) Breaking Barriers? Women's representation and leadership at the United Nations. In: The United Nations. SAGE Library of International Relations, 2 . SAGE, London. ISBN 9781446282175

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Abstract

The appointment of Christine Lagarde in 2011 to the leadership of the International Monetary Fund may have been a highlight for women’s representation in international organizations, suggesting that the final glass ceiling for women in global governance has been broken. However, this article shows that leadership and representation by women in global governance continues to be curtailed by “glass walls” on the one hand, and flexible glass ceilings on the other. While women in UN agencies today stand on firmer floors, relying on a stronger institutional framework and increasing numbers of women working at all levels of the UN system, women are channeled into gender-specific portfolios, creating glass walls. Moreover, glass ceilings, once shattered, may indeed resettle as recent staff changes by Ban Ki-moon show. Thus, the picture of women’s representation and gender equality in UN leadership is a mixed one.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: United Nations, women, leadership
Subjects: L200 Politics
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Social Sciences & Languages
Depositing User: Kirsten Haack
Date Deposited: 26 May 2015 08:40
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2015 12:36
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/21127

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