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A WPL-Centene report casts light on how COVID-19 is impacting mental health This year, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected billions of people and has subsequently impacted many people’s mental health.  According to the World Health Organisation close to 1 billion people are living with a mental disorder, 3 million people die every year from the […]

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Members of the Women Political Leaders Board affirm that COVID-19 presents the opportunity to create a ‘new normal’ to return to; one that fosters equality and delivers on promises of equitable leadership. On the occasion of the Global Webinar they shared their visions on how women leaders can establish this new normal through 1) restructuring […]

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On World Refugee Day 2020, Women Political Leaders wishes to amplify the power of acceptance and the power of recognition. Alongside the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ (UNHCR) campaign Every Action Counts, WPL highlights that women’s journeys count.   Refugees, and women refugees in particular, endure crises that are more intense and harmful than many […]

What will the future in front of us look like? When will we get out of this epochal pandemic? What are the best practices to achieve so? Have you ever asked yourself how can the global community make better decisions and promote best practices surrounding COVID-19 testing and de-confinement worldwide?  Women political leaders have already […]

Ensuring effective communication with community members is very important nowadays. Even more so if that community is composed of  WPL Country Ambassadors, who are a cornerstone of WPL’s network of incredible women political leaders that stretches across the globe.  In responding to their request to be kept up to date with WPL’s activities – a […]

  WPL participated in the Women Leaders’ Virtual Roundtable on COVID-19 and the Future alongside outstanding colleagues, hosted by UN Women and OECD.  On 20 April 2020, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, and Gabriela Ramos, OECD Chief of Staff and Sherpa to the G20, convened and chaired the Women Leaders´ Virtual Roundtable on […]

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What does it mean to be a leader in the time of the coronavirus? It means making difficult decisions that place the wellbeing of the global community before economic, social and political gain. The COVID-19 pandemic demands a reassessment of how, and why, we do the work that is important to us. Empathetic, courageous and […]

Celebrating Healthcare Heroes: the visible and invisible ones Amazing nurses, midwives, and female health ministers, parliamentarians and politicians are making a difference in the fight against COVID-19 & in the long term battle for a more inclusive, sustainable global healthcare system.  In times of prosperity and in times of crisis, the vital contribution of nurses […]

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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 […]