Author: Els Van Hooft

How to address the most pressing issues confronting the world today? Women Political Leaders (WPL) is dedicated to sharing the countless initiatives and solutions that women Parliamentarians apply each day throughout their professional careers. To commemorate International Women’s Month 2021, and inspired by its theme of “Women in Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a […]

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The COVID-19 pandemic has deepened pre-existing inequalities, exposing vulnerability in social, political and economic systems, taking a toll on women and girls around the world. The disproportionate negative effects illuminates the critical element of a global response and recovery, with women being at the center in all forms of decision making.  Grappling with the repercussions […]

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Perceptions and stereotypes lead to prejudices against women, deepening inequalities across every aspect of society, government, and business. When stereotypes endure, everyone is impacted. The recent findings of the Reykjavík Index for Leadership 2020-2021, a unique and powerful tool that measures the perceptions of equality for women and men in leadership, reveal that society has […]

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At the recent Reykjavík Global Forum – Women Leaders 2020, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke with Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security.  Together these leaders reflected on the progress made since 1995, when Ms. Clinton told delegates gathered at the UN World Conference on […]

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Let’s start with something positive: Since February 2020, women leaders have sought tirelessly to safeguard both health and democracy in the communities they serve, also forging sustainable paths toward more equitable societies while global efforts for recovery are being shaped and implemented. At the moment of writing, the COVID-19 pandemic has taken the lives of […]

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High-quality leadership is at the heart of successful response to challenges, which are now amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic. WPL is appointing Global Ambassadors, renowned women who will contribute their expertise and knowledge to help drive global discussions on topical issues such as vaccination and climate.  WPL Global Ambassadors are:  Aminata Touré, Prime Minister of […]

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This year’s theme for the International Women’s Day 2021 is “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.” In alignment with the Generation Equality campaign, the theme commemorates the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from a global crisis.  The perspectives […]

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Forging a New Consensus for Economic, Social, and Environmental Progress A conversation with Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General Participating in the first session of the meeting was Angel Gurría, giving his final remarks as Secretary-General of the OECD.  Although the spotlight is currently focused on the global and equitable distribution of vaccines as a major front […]

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Out of 152 countries in the world, only 10 have a woman leading as Head of State, and Estonia is among them. In 2021, this Baltic nation shattered yet another glass ceiling, becoming the first country in the world to have two women concurrently serving as both Head of State and Head of Government. The […]

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