Author: Alejandra Fernadez

“As books are written about the great pandemic, I think that women leaders will come of this very much on the right side of history for doing their best to focus on human security, health and well-being…” Helen Clark’s consequential assessment of women political leaders’ performance during the COVID-19 global health crisis is steadily being […]

Ensuring effective communication with community members is very important nowadays. Even more so if that community is composed of  WPL Country Ambassadors, who are a cornerstone of WPL’s network of incredible women political leaders that stretches across the globe.  In responding to their request to be kept up to date with WPL’s activities – a […]

 “One of the hugest problems (that) we’ve got to overcome are these mindsets, norms, deeply entrenched cultural practices (and) biases, conscious or unconscious…” says Melanne Verveer, Executive Director of the Institute for Women, Peace and Security at Georgetown University and the United States Ambassador-at-large for Global Women’s Issues (2009-2013), in her conversation with WPL President […]

What is the role of culture in times of crisis? Is it more important to put everything aside and only focus on public health? With the onslaught of COVID-19 and confinement, the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development 2020 offers an occasion to reflect on the challenges Ministers around the world have […]

As little as a few months ago, the circumstances we find ourselves in today would have been considered by many as improbable. But nurses, doctors, midwives, surgeons, and active members of the healthcare community have had to steel themselves against the surging tide of an unprecedented pandemic with little time, and often meager access to […]

In honor of the second annual International Day for Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace, WPL looks to the world’s amazing women leaders, who are experts in the field of diplomacy, multilateralism, and peacekeeping, to guide the global community in advancing multilateralism, women’s equality and peacebuilding efforts. Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Director of the Georgetown Institute for […]

In honor of the second annual International Day for Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace, WPL looks to the world’s amazing women leaders, who are experts in the field of diplomacy, multilateralism and peacekeeping, to guide the global community in advancing multilateralism, women’s equality and peacebuilding efforts. Susana Malcorra, Dean of the IE School of Global […]

In honor of the second annual International Day for Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace, WPL looks to the world’s amazing women leaders, who are experts in the field of diplomacy, multilateralism, and peacekeeping, to guide the global community in advancing multilateralism, women’s equality and peacebuilding efforts. Irina Bokova, the 9th Director General of UNESCO (2009-2017), […]

On April 24th, the global community will commemorate the second annual International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace.  2020 marks countless transformative anniversaries for peacebuilding, the advancement of women’s equality, and sustainable development, including the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security.  In light of the […]

“This is the moment for anyone who thinks vaccines are the problem, and not the solution, to change their mind.” The words of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Chair of the Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and Special Envoy of the AU to Mobilise International Economic Support for the Continental Fight Against COVID-19, reflect a critical juncture in […]

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Inspiring action to incite change: how can the global community encourage girls to pursue STEM and ICT?   The continued absence of girls and women in STEM and ICT sectors should be a sustained source of concern for politicians, policy makers, corporations and leaders in tech industries. This issue is not just a question of […]

What does it mean to be a leader in the time of the coronavirus? It means making difficult decisions that place the wellbeing of the global community before economic, social and political gain. The COVID-19 pandemic demands a reassessment of how, and why, we do the work that is important to us. Empathetic, courageous and […]

Celebrating Healthcare Heroes: the visible and invisible ones Amazing nurses, midwives, and female health ministers, parliamentarians and politicians are making a difference in the fight against COVID-19 & in the long term battle for a more inclusive, sustainable global healthcare system.  In times of prosperity and in times of crisis, the vital contribution of nurses […]

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Every year, World Water Day raises global awareness about the 2.2 billion people worldwide, that’s every one in three people, living without access to clean and safe water. World Water Day 2020 was particularly significant as the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing the global community to view water from a different perspective. Not only must governments, […]

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March is Women’s History Month – commemorating and encouraging the study, observance, and celebration of the vital role of women in history. Acknowledging the progressive power of women in preventing conflict and achieving more sustainable peace is a relentless activity. As the year 2020 ushers in the twentieth anniversary of the United Nations Security Council Resolution […]

The rapidly evolving Covid-19 pandemic is presenting the global community with unprecedented challenges; challenges that disregard frontiers and demand a unique international response and cross-border cooperation. In the last days, major conferences have been postponed to save lives, and minimise impact. The 64th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, is one of […]

In less than two decades, leaders have come to rely on the web and social media in particular for their communications. This is true nowhere more so than in politics. The opportunity for politicians to engage directly and immediately with constituents means people are connected to politics in unprecedented ways. This brings many new benefits […]

The POWER TOGETHER: Reykjavik Summit 2019 is be the second roundtable of extraordinary women leaders. Women who have reached the highest echelons of leadership and influence in their countries, Presidents, Prime Ministers and special guests addressed the most complex challenges of our times. The POWER TOGETHER: Reykjavik Summit 2019 expanded on the outcomes of the Women […]

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Have you ever imagined what a world with balance between women and men would look like? H. E. Marie Louise Coleiro Preca invites you to join the International Women’s day 2019 and #BalanceforBetter campaign launched by WPL. Take a picture and share your vision of a world where balance between women and men is the […]

In the framework of the 20th OECD Forum World in EMotion, WPL organised a Discovery Lab session on the Reykjavik Index for Leadership, on Tuesday 21st May in Paris. Focusing on the Index, a powerful tool launched by WPL, in cooperation with Kantar – which measures attitudes and perception of women and men in leadership […]

On International Women’s Day 2019, 30% of the over 100 politicians from 51 countries which shared with WPL their vision for a better world, came from Latin American and the Caribbean.  A notable participation from this region of the world, which testifies how equal representation between women and men is top on their agenda. Female […]