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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, […]

As the world eagerly awaits a solution for the COVID-19 pandemic, a solution to another global health crisis is still being sought after decades. Drug abuse and illicit trafficking have persisted through history as a humanitarian crisis, leading to the deteriorating health and untimely deaths of millions around the world. Beyond reducing the security of […]

Exceptional times, call for exceptional measures. Not only are Female Parliamentarians making key decisions every day to save the lives of millions and to secure the wellbeing of their communities, but their noteworthy leadership serves as a reminder to the global community that 2020 must become a milestone for gender equality In the spirit of […]

Sexual violence is both a physical and psychological form of warfare. It is weaponised to destroy the dignity and future prospects of communities and individuals. In order to recover and rebuild after experiencing conflict-related sexual violence it is essential to advocate a holistic, survivor-centred approach. This includes listening to experts to address the various dimensions […]

“As books are written about the great pandemic, I think that women leaders will come of this very much on the right side of history for doing their best to focus on human security, health and well-being…” Helen Clark’s consequential assessment of women political leaders’ performance during the COVID-19 global health crisis is steadily being […]

 “One of the hugest problems (that) we’ve got to overcome are these mindsets, norms, deeply entrenched cultural practices (and) biases, conscious or unconscious…” says Melanne Verveer, Executive Director of the Institute for Women, Peace and Security at Georgetown University and the United States Ambassador-at-large for Global Women’s Issues (2009-2013), in her conversation with WPL President […]

What is the role of culture in times of crisis? Is it more important to put everything aside and only focus on public health? With the onslaught of COVID-19 and confinement, the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development 2020 offers an occasion to reflect on the challenges Ministers around the world have […]

In honor of the second annual International Day for Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace, WPL looks to the world’s amazing women leaders, who are experts in the field of diplomacy, multilateralism, and peacekeeping, to guide the global community in advancing multilateralism, women’s equality and peacebuilding efforts. Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Director of the Georgetown Institute for […]

In honor of the second annual International Day for Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace, WPL looks to the world’s amazing women leaders, who are experts in the field of diplomacy, multilateralism and peacekeeping, to guide the global community in advancing multilateralism, women’s equality and peacebuilding efforts. Susana Malcorra, Dean of the IE School of Global […]

In honor of the second annual International Day for Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace, WPL looks to the world’s amazing women leaders, who are experts in the field of diplomacy, multilateralism, and peacekeeping, to guide the global community in advancing multilateralism, women’s equality and peacebuilding efforts. Irina Bokova, the 9th Director General of UNESCO (2009-2017), […]

On April 24th, the global community will commemorate the second annual International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace.  2020 marks countless transformative anniversaries for peacebuilding, the advancement of women’s equality, and sustainable development, including the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security.  In light of the […]