Do women rule the world?

THIS Women’s Month we would do well to remember the words of Nelson Mandela who said: "As long as outmoded ways of thinking prevent women from making a meaningful contribution to society, progress will be low. As long as the nation refuses to acknowledge the equal role of more than half of itself, it is doomed to failure."

More than half of itself — therein lies the challenge.

There is a growing body of evidence showing that women are equally and in some instances more effective leaders than men.

Research by the Institute for Inclusive Security, a think-tank focused on women’s contributions to peace-building, has shown women are more open to "collaboration across ideological lines and social sectors".