Where are the world's female leaders?

Image: Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairperson and presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen greets supporters after her election victory at party headquarters in Taipei, Taiwan January 16, 2016. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang.

Emma Batha
Journalist, Thomson Reuters Foundation
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Taiwan elected the first female president in the Chinese-speaking world on Saturday when voters handed opposition leader Tsai Ing-wen a convincing victory.

Below is a list of countries which have women as heads of government or state. The date in brackets is the year they took office. (The list excludes figurehead monarchs.)

Bangladesh: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (2009)

Brazil: President Dilma Rousseff (2011)

Central African Republic: Interim President Catherine Samba-Panza (2014)

Chile: President Michelle Bachelet (2014)

Croatia: President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic (2015)

Germany: Chancellor Angela Merkel (2005)

Jamaica: Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller (2012)

Kosovo: President Atifete Jahjaga (2011)

Liberia: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (2006)

Lithuania: President Dalia Grybauskaite (2009)

Malta: President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca (2014)

Mauritius: President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim (2015)

Namibia: Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila (2015)

Nepal: President Bidhya Devi Bhandari (2015)

Norway: Prime Minister Erna Solberg (2013)

Poland: Prime Minister Beata Szydlo (2015)

South Korea: President Park Geun-hye (2013)

Author: Emma Batha is a journalist specialising in humanitarian crises and women’s rights.

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