Awards

WPL Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of leading women politicians or countries, whose leadership represents and inspires change. Practice examples are more convincing than words and encourage others to follow the success path.

WPL Awards are prestigious recognitions to women political leaders and countries who have made strides toward a society where balance between women and men in politics is the reality. WPL Awards celebrate the dedication of those who succeeded with their perseverance in changing the rules of the game.

WPL Awards categories

WPL Award for Lifetime Achievement

Given to outstanding female politicians who have shown with their work that it is possible to break the glass ceiling and ensure women have the place they deserve in politics.

WPL Trailblazer Award

Given to Women Presidents and Prime Ministers.

WPL Country Award

Based on the annual ranking of the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report and the Inter-Parliamentary Union‘s ranking of Women in Politics, the WPL Country Awards acknowledge countries for their political empowerment of women, and countries which show regional leadership in closing the gap between women and men in politics. The aim is to inspire other countries to lead by the same example. The Index featured in the Global Gender Gap Report assesses 135 countries, representing more than 93% of the world’s population, on how well resources and opportunities are divided among male and female populations.

  • AWARDS 2018

    WPL Trailblazer Award 2018

    • Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, President of Latvia (1999-2007)
    • Maria das Neves, Prime Minister of São Tomé and Príncipe (2002-2004)
    • Maria do Carmo Silveira, Prime Minister of São Tomé and Príncipe (2005-2006)
    • Laimdota Straujuma, Prime Minister of Latvia (2014-2016)
  • AWARDS 2017

    WPL Trailblazer Award 2017

    • Maria Liberia Peters, Prime Minister of Netherlands Antilles (1984-1986, 1988- 1994)
    • Kim Campbell, Prime Minister of Canada (1993)
    • Jennifer Smith, Premier of Bermuda (1998-2003)
    • Helen Clark, Prime Minister of New Zealand (1999-2008)
    • Mari Kiviniemi, Prime Minister of Finland (2010-2011)
    • Iveta Radičová, Prime Minister of Slovakia (2010-2012)
    • Paula Cox, Premier of Bermuda (2010-2012)
    • Atifete Jahjaga, President of Kosovo (2011-2015)
    • Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of Lithuania, Chair of CWWL
    • Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta
    • Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, President of Croatia
    • Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Estonia
    • Katrin Jakobsdottir, Prime Minister of Iceland
  • AWARDS 2016

    WPL Award for Lifetime Achievement 2016

    Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma received the WIP Award for Lifetime Achievements in Female Political Empowerment during the 3rd African Union High Level Panel on Gender Equality & Women’s Empowerment, in Kigali. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was born in South Africa in 1949. After becoming an underground member of the African National Congress (ANC), and president of the South African Students Organisation, she had to flee into exile to the UK.

    In 1994, Nelson Mandela appointed her as Minister of Health; later she became Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Home Affairs. She was elected Chairperson of the African Union Commission in 2012, being the first woman ever to lead the African Union.

    WIP CERTIFICATES OF RECOGNITION 2016 (WIP Global Summit in Jordan, May 2016)

    • Category: The enhancement of women’s role in the decision-making process: Jordan

     

    • Category: Advancing Women in Parliamentary Positions: The first female Speaker of Parliament in the Arab world: United Arab Emirates

     

    • Category: Legislative Reform

     

    • Algeria – for a 50% quota for women on political party lists.
    • Morocco – for equal pay and non-discrimination laws based on gender, in employment.
    • Tunisia – for a 50% quota for women on political party lists
    • Iraq – for introducing a 25% quota for women in the Council of Representatives of Iraq.
    • Libya – for adopting a 16.5% quota for women in the 2014 electoral law, for the House of Representatives of Libya.
    • Saudi Arabia – for granting women the right to vote and stand in the 2015 municipal elections.
    • Egypt – for introducing a 10% quota for women in Parliament.
    • Oman – for achieving gender parity in primary and secondary education
  • AWARDS 2015

    WPL Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of leading women politicians or countries, whose leadership represents and inspires change. Practice examples are more convincing than words and encourage others to follow the success path.

    WPL Awards are prestigious recognitions to women political leaders and countries who have made strides toward a society where balance between women and men in politics is the reality. WPL Awards celebrate the dedication of those who succeeded with their perseverance in changing the rules of the game.

    WPL Country Award 2015

    • Category: Women in Parliament: Sweden and Ecuador

     

    • Category: Closing the Gender Gap in the Arab World: Tunisia

     

    • Category: Political Empowerment, Ministerial Positions: Italy

     

    • Category: Closing the Gender Gap in South and South East Asia: Bangladesh

     

    • Category: Global Winners in Closing the Gender Gap: Kenya
  • AWARDS 2014

    WPL Award for Lifetime Achievement 2014

    Vigdís Finnbogadóttir is the first woman in the world to be democratically elected Head of State. The 4th President of the Republic of Iceland was elected in 1980 and stepped down in 1996, after four terms in office. Vigdís Finnbogadóttir continues to be active in public life and in the international community.

    She is considered an important role model for Icelandic society and the political advancement of women around the world.

  • AWARDS 2013

    WPL Country Award 2013:

    Winners in the Categories of Political Empowerment:

    • Women in Parliament: Rwanda
    • Years with Female Head of State: Ireland
    • Legislators, Senior Officials and Managers: Jamaica

    Winners by Region in Closing the Gender Gap:

    • Global Winner in Closing the Gender Gap: Iceland
    • Middle East: Israel
    • Oceania: New Zealand
    • South and Southeast Asia: Philippines
    • East Asia: Mongolia
    • Africa: Lesotho
    • Europe and Central Asia: Iceland
    • European Union: Finland
    • South America: Bolivia
    • Achievements in Closing the Gender Gap in the Arab World

    Winner by Region Arab World: United Arab Emirates

    • Achievements in increasing the Percentage of Women in Parliamentary Positions: Algeria