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March is Women’s History Month – commemorating and encouraging the study, observance, and celebration of the vital role of women in history. Acknowledging the progressive power of women in preventing conflict and achieving more sustainable peace is a relentless activity. As the year 2020 ushers in the twentieth anniversary of the United Nations Security Council Resolution […]

This International Women’s Day Women Political Leaders is calling on women and men to celebrate women’s achievements, raise awareness against bias and above all take action for a world with equal opportunities for women and men. The key figure in realising this world is the ‘collective individual’, someone who sees themselves as responsible for assuming […]

In less than two decades, leaders have come to rely on the web and social media in particular for their communications. This is true nowhere more so than in politics. The opportunity for politicians to engage directly and immediately with constituents means people are connected to politics in unprecedented ways. This brings many new benefits […]

As the leading global forum for defence and security, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) 2020 presented the perfect opportunity for Women Political Leaders (WPL) to demonstrate the vital contribution of female political leaders to this sector, and to highlight the harsh reality that there is still ample work to be done to achieve equal opportunities and participation for women.

The POWER TOGETHER: Reykjavik Summit 2019 is be the second roundtable of extraordinary women leaders. Women who have reached the highest echelons of leadership and influence in their countries, Presidents, Prime Ministers and special guests addressed the most complex challenges of our times. The POWER TOGETHER: Reykjavik Summit 2019 expanded on the outcomes of the Women […]

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2020 marks the beginning of a new decade with important milestones which can change society, for the better. International organisations need to get ready for the challenge. The startling results of the Reykjavík Global Forum – Women Leaders 2019 call for a new focus.Following her precious work as Chair of the WPL Board, Hanna Birna […]

In 2020 the world is approaching a number of “tipping points” – planetary, economic, social and political – that have deep implications for the future. WPL’s activities strive to ensure women seize the momentum and join pivotal discussions. The sobering finding of the World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap Report 2020, reveals that gender parity […]

Women Political Leaders (WPL), with the support of Vifor Pharma, has produced an overview of responses to a healthcare issue that demonstrates an astounding lack of gender-sensitive awareness – the impact of iron deficiency and iron deficiency anemia on women. The ensuing repercussions have also been shown to adversely affect economies and healthcare systems. Iron […]

Have you ever wondered why men and women aren’t viewed equally? What is driving the statistics that inhibit society from reaching true equality? What is behind the figures of women’s share of the presence in society and politics? The Reykjavik Index for Leadership 2018 revealed that behind all the figures for participation in boardrooms or […]

Female politicians from Europe to Australia and New Zealand, Asia, as well as Africa and Central America showed to young girls that woman’s place is in politics. To celebrate the International Day of the Girl (IDG) 2019, Women Political Leaders (WPL) connected accomplished female politicians with #Girl2Leader young girls. The initiative, running on social media, […]

At the OECD Parliamentary in Paris, Parliamentarians shared their insights and strategies regarding Artificial Intelligence (AI ). Female politicians responded to Women Political Leaders’ call and joined the meeting to contribute to important discussions on the future role of AI in areas such as politics, economics, and society. In a political landscape which sees a […]

Only 50 per cent of women participate in the labour market in Latin America. The price to pay for the whole region?  A lower level of well-being of the population and negative impacts on the development process for this part of the world. The many protests sparking in Latin America in 2019 shouldn’t come as […]

At its second edition, the Reykjavik Global Forum – Women Leaders 2019 created positive measurable impact. The 500 outstanding people who travelled to Iceland have shown the global community that it is possible to turn words into concrete steps. At the Forum, Presidents, Prime Ministers, and political leaders, suggested how to realise change in conversation […]

The Report of the first-ever WPL Summit held in Asia-Pacific region is now availabe. Click here to read the Report. It includes relevant information on the Outcome Declaration, as well as on sessions, speeches, and participants. In June 2019, hundrends women politicians from 87 countries convened for the annual WPL Summit, co-hosted by the Japanese […]

On 25 September, Women Political Leaders held the panel “When women lead” at the UN General Assembly, as part of the SDG Action zone regarding SDG target 5.5…

Have you ever imagined what a world with balance between women and men would look like? H. E. Marie Louise Coleiro Preca invites you to join the International Women’s day 2019 and #BalanceforBetter campaign launched by WPL. Take a picture and share your vision of a world where balance between women and men is the […]

In the lead up to the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (Beijing+25) and UN Women’s ground-breaking campaign commemorating the anniversary, “Generation Equality: Realizing women’s rights for an equal future”, UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka,  called upon global parliamentarians to build on the experiences and best practices from Member States on how to achieve a gender equal world via legislation and parliamentary work.
The call Call to Action to ensure that parliamentarians can become key drivers of gender equality was officially launched at the Annual Summit of the Women Political Leaders (WPL) at the House of Representatives in Tokyo, Japan, on 27 June 2019.
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Women politicians from 87 countries convened for the annual WPL Summit, co-hosted by the Japanese House of Representatives in Tokyo on 25-27 June in Tokyo.  The focus of the discussions was on how to advance society by taking action through the Sustainable Development Goals. It was consensus, that the SDGs can only be achieved in 2030, if equality between women and men is achieved.

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This year, the WPL Summit 2019 takes place at a timely moment: on the eve of the G20 Summit, happening in Osaka, and during Japan’s Gender Equality Week.


In June 1999, the Basic Act for Gender-Equal Society was promulgated and enacted: composed of five basic principles, this Act aims to “the formation of a society, where women and men have the right to equally participate to the society and its economy.”


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The WPL Summit 2019 addresses four main questions:


How can we advance the world through Sustainable Development Goals?


In September 2015, during the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, 193 countries unanimously agreed to adopt 17 interconnected ambitious goals and 169 closely linked targets: the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These address global challenges: poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice.


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The WPL Summit 2019 is set to progress on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on the eve of the G20 Summit. On June 25-27, in the premises of the National Diet of Japan, renowned politicians from all regions of the world will discuss tangible proposals around the theme of ‘Advancing Society Through SDGs’.


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