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In 2020, even as the most serious public health threat in modern history continued to surge worldwide, WPL Country Ambassadors stepped in and contributed extensively to WPL’s 2020 initiatives. WPL Ambassadors serve as the main point of contact for cooperation and for WPL initiatives and events in their respective Parliaments. They are provided the opportunity […]

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WPL recognises the importance of forging relationships between female politicians, female leadership in the Health Workforce, and high-level stakeholders from the health sector to help ensure that healthcare policy reflects the needs of women, as well as study the impact between healthy women and healthy economies. In 2020, the world has seen a surge in […]

All throughout this unprecedented year, WPL has fostered conversations with accomplished leaders to share their views and reflections on various subjects. Notable discussions have included that between Silvana Koch-Mehrin, President of WPL and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Chair of the Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and Special Envoy of the AU to Mobilise International Economic Support for the […]

World Health Day on April 7th was a sobering occasion on which to celebrate the Healthcare Heroes, both visible and behind-the-scenes, fighting COVID-19 as well as the long-term battle for more inclusive and sustainable healthcare systems. WPL was among the first to decry the absence of women healthcare leaders in the media spotlight: Where were […]

Strengthening the role of women in building Peace and Security is  a priority for WPL, and in February 2020, the Munich Security Conference – the leading global forum for defence and security – brought the opportunity to host a high-level roundtable of women political leaders who offered insight and expertise on the world’s most pressing […]

How to build back better to a new normal where women in political leadership is no longer the exception. As part of the Reykjavik Global Forum – Women Leaders 2020, Women Political Leaders has convened its community of WPL Country Ambassadors for a private discussion on how to build back better in a post-pandemic world. […]

Women Presidents and Parliamentarians from all across the globe make vital decisions every day, saving and improving the lives of millions and securing the well-being of their communities. Strong recovery requires equality, and the preservation of democratic principles demands action – two principles by which women in government must continually abide. The leadership of these […]

As part of the Concordia Annual Summit 2020, Women Political Leaders (WPL) and Concordia convened on 21 September 2020, a strategic dialogue, spotlighting women leaders as they discussed how to advance women’s inclusion and representation in government.  Throughout the past two decades, more women have felt encouraged to participate in the political sphere. However, their […]

“If the increased inclusion of women at all levels of business provides tangible benefits for equality and the economy, then why is progress so slow?” asked Silvana Koch-Mehrin, Founder and President of WPL to the panelists of the session ‘21st Century Strategy: More women is good for business’ which took place on September 22nd 2020. […]

As part of the United Nations Global Compact’s Uniting Business LIVE event to mark the opening of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, Women Political Leaders (WPL) and Arizona State University (ASU) co-hosted the session “21st Century Strategy: More women is good for business.” This panel featured high-level women leaders, from both business […]

At the first ever virtual SDG Action Zone 2020 – an event that takes place annually during the United Nations’ General Assembly to drive exponential change on the Sustainable Development Goals – WPL amplified women leaders’ voices and convened pressing conversations to reflect on what is needed to accelerate equality between women and men and […]

At the first ever virtual SDG Action Zone 2020 – an event that takes place annually during the United Nations’ General Assembly to drive exponential change on the Sustainable Development Goals – WPL amplified women leaders’ voices and convened pressing conversations to reflect on what is needed to accelerate equality between women and men and […]

The International Day of Peace promotes peace by calling for the observation of a 24-hour ceasefire. The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated that coordinated and inclusive responses are the most successful, both nationally and internationally, in responding to the virus. In light of this, International Peace Day 2020’s theme is ‘Shaping Peace Together.’ In celebration of […]

The data is clear – when women are able to work, economies grow. According to the International Monetary Fund, the economic empowerment of women boosts productivity and profitability in the workplace. Meanwhile, the International Labour Organisation has shown that increasing women’s participation in the labour force improves the national gross domestic product.   So what would […]

2020 was supposed to be a landmark year for gender equality; a celebration of advancement. Instead, inequalities between women and men, across dimensions, have intensified as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. According to the World Economic Forum’s most recent Global Gender Gap Index, no country has reached gender parity in wages. Progress toward closing […]

“When you hear the word “political leader,” who do you think of? A man or a woman?”  Silvana Koch-Mehrin, Founder and President of Women Political Leaders, opened the first Women Political Leaders (WPL) and Women 20 (W20) Webinar “Power parity: getting to a new normal in political representation” with a vital question. Who does the […]

Courage and Solidarity: These are the two fundamental elements in the winning equation of the long-underestimated power of women in politics.    The idea that the driving force of all tectonic changes is courageous women — is the core message of Linas Linkevičius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lithuania, in his opening remark at the “Women […]

On International Youth Day 2020, WPL championed the voices of young women politicians who seek to challenge entrenched perceptions of youth in decision-making spheres.  Amplifying these women’s voices represents one of the most critical steps that organisations, governments, corporations and communities can take to engage youth in catalysing change. Listening, learning and adapting at any […]

WPL and Women20, the official G20 engagement group aimed at advancing women’s economic empowerment as part of the G20 process, have partnered to establish a series of Webinars with eminent international political leaders who advocate for inclusive decision-making processes. This virtual collective seeks to provide recommendations that ensure accountability and will help deliver on the promise of […]

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Human trafficking is a global issue. Increases in organised crime and the development of international criminal networks ensure the continued exploitation and abuse of vulnerable populations across the globe. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNOCD), human trafficking is almost always linked to organised crime. In fact, alongside the illicit trade […]

The world as we know it is changing – 2020 marks the beginning of a new decade with important milestones and challenges that have altered life as we know it. As the global pandemic continues to sweep across the globe, what’s abundantly clear is that a new leadership style, one grounded in resilience, pragmatism, benevolence, […]