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The Leadership Campaign aims to highlight the commitment of male Presidents and Prime Ministers around the world to increase the number of women in politics. Parity between women and men in politics mirrors our societies. Greater balance in political representation is essential to inclusiveness. For this to happen, men are as much part of that […]

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Women represent more than half of the world’s representation. Yet, they remain highly underrepresented within the political and business realms. The Women World’s Atlas, a project by the Reykjavík Global Forum – Women Leaders and powered by McKinsey & Company, illustrates the unequal distribution of women and men in leadership positions across different societal sectors. […]

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The Covid-19 pandemic has deepened the already existing prejudices on society’s views on leadership suitability between women and men. The Reykjavík Index for Leadership, a joint project by Women Political Leaders and Kantar, reveals that the public is still not predisposed to women in leadership positions and holds prejudices regarding women’s suitability for leadership compared […]

“Time for a check-up: the state of mental healthcare in Europe” Health has been the world’s overriding concern for more than a year, and the ongoing pandemic has assaulted not only the physical well-being of people, but their mental health as well. Undiagnosed anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders are all perceived as being […]

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Höfði House will forever hold a place in history as the location of the 1986 Reykjavík Summit talks. Now, some 35 years later, it has become the site of the annual Power Together: Reykjavík Summit, a distinguished roundtable discussion among women leaders to advance progress on the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda. Held in tandem […]

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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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