Gender equality: where are we with the heads of State and Governments in the EU?

As a fervent follower of our blog, you must have realized parity and gender equality are very important matters to us. Once in a while, we make an update on how many women are head of State or Government in the 27 member States of the European Union. As of the end of April 2022, you can below the current situation.

It is important to highlight that we took into account the political figure who has effective power and leads everyday business.

Only 4 out of the 27 countries are lead by a woman. To say it is very little is an understatement. As usual, Scandinavian countries are those lead by a woman. Other States are governed by a man, and some of them have been for more than 10 years.

Although parity is absolutely not an obligation between the 27 member States, it is interesting to see where the neighbours stand and how they function nationally as well as culturally. Some countries are still not ready to be lead by a female figure.

Below, the names of the EU heads of State and Government :

CountryHead of State or GovernmentTake of Office
GermanyOlaf Scholz (Federal Chancellor)2021
AustriaKarl Nehammer (Federal Chancellor)2021
BelgiumAlexander De Croo (Prime Minister)2020
BulgariaKiril Petkov (Prime Minister)2021
CyprusNikos Anastasiadis (President of the Republic)2013
CroatiaAndrej Plenkovic (Prime Minister)2016
DenmarkMette Frederiksen (Prime Minister)2019
SpainPedro Sanchez (President of the Government)2018
EstoniaKaja Kallas (Prime Minister)2021
FinlandSanna Marin (Prime Minister)2019
FranceEmmanuel Macron (President of the Republic)2017
GreeceKyrios Mitsotakis (Prime Minister)2019
HungaryViktor Orban (Prime Minister)2010
IrlandMicheal Martin (Prime minister)2020
ItaliaMario Draghi (President of the Council of Ministers)2021
LatviaArturs Krišjānis Kariņš (Prime minister)2019
LithuaniaGitanas Nauseda (President of the Republic)2019
LuxembourgXavier Bettel (Prime Minister)2013
MaltaRobert Abela (Prime Minister)2020
NetherlandsMarke Rutte (Prime Minister)2010
PolandMateusz Morawiecki (President of the Council of Ministers)2017
PortugalAntonia Costa2015
Czech RepublicPetr Fiala (President of the Governement)2021
RomaniaKlaus Iohannis (President)2014
SlovakiaEduard Heger (President of the Government)2021
SloveniaJanez Jansa (President of the Government)2020
SwedenMagdalena Andersson (Prime Minister)2021

The EU works for gender equality, but the work starts within its own leadership. Let’s meet at the end of the year to see if the numbers have evolved!

Wassila ZOUAG

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