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The Women’s Political Careers report spells out the non-legal barriers for women in politics. It is based on survey responses from women politicians in 66 countries seeking to better understand the motivations and challenges shared by women who decide to pursue a political career. The report is the result of a partnership between the Global […]

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Developed by the Reykjavík Global Forum – Women Leaders and powered by McKinsey & Company, the Women’s World Atlas 2021 (WWA) is a striking graphic illustration of the progression (if any) toward achieving parity between women and men in leadership across a variety of sectors. While inequality is gradually being reduced in politics, countries have moved […]

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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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“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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The prescriptions on global immunisation are out, and the world is their patient. A digital conversation held on 9 March was powered and organised by Women Political Leaders (WPL) and saw the participation of three former heads of state, WPL Global Ambassadors for Vaccination Aminata Touré and Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, and José Manuel Barroso, Chair of […]

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On the 16th of March, 2021, the Canadian Association of Feminist Parliamentarians organised a webinar aligned with the sixty-fifth session of the Commission on the Status of Women. Entitled Why Violence Against Women Should Concern Us All, the webinar convened women leaders to discuss the main causes of violence against women and to seek approaches […]

Commission on the Status of Women, 65th Edition, Side Event As part of the sixty-fifth session of the Commission on the Status of Women, Women Political Leaders, the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations, Japan Women’s Watch, the National Women’s Committee of the United Nations NGOs, and the International Women’s Year Liaison Group […]

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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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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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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With strong women leaders and forward-looking action, 2021 will be a year to remember – a year in which great new positive strides are made. In the resonant words of Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, the world’s first democratically elected woman President, and to date the longest-serving female Head of State: “If anything can save the world, women […]

25 years ago, Hillary Rodham Clinton, then the First Lady of the United States, linked the notion of women’s rights with that of human rights in her speech at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing.  Since then, governments, societies, and international organisations have been trying to create a new narrative around […]

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Two eminent female politicians dedicated to improving quality education – both of them strong advocates for the power of education on the path to gender parity – discussed on the occasion of the International Day of Education (24 January 2021) the numerous challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has imposed on education systems worldwide.  Marie-Louise Coleiro […]

To celebrate the International Day of Education, observed on January 24th, the team at Women Political Leaders convened policymakers from around the world to discuss the crucial importance of education to social and economic progress. This year’s events were celebrated under the theme “Recover and Revitalise Education for the COVID-19 Generation” to underline the continuing […]

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 […]