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Proportion of women in managerial positions

SDG 5 / Target 5.5: ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life

Trend analysis of the official SDG data using the SDG Data Explorer Tool created by the Commonwealth Secretariat shows that among all Commonwealth countries, the proportion of women in managerial positions is highest in Barbados at 48.6% and the lowest in Pakistan at 4.93%. The Commonwealth country that has made the greatest improvement in appointing women to managerial positions since the year 2000 is Malta. Based on the data that is available, the Commonwealth average for the proportion of women in managerial positions over this period has improved marginally from 29.21% in 2000 to 33.24% in 2019.

One in five Parliamentarians in Commonwealth countries are women

Rwanda has registered a 250% increase (from 14 to 49 out of 80 MPs) over the last two decades in the number of female MPs as a proportion of total MPs, the largest improvement recorded by any Commonwealth country in this period. On average, 19.5% of MPs in the Commonwealth countries are women. Data for 2018 shows the proportion of women parliamentarians is higher than the Commonwealth average for 22 countries. The countries that made the slowest progress in reducing the gender imbalance among parliamentarians in the same period are Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Kiribati, Kingdom of Eswatini and Tonga.