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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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95% of all aggressive and denigrating behaviour online is aimed at women. Compared to men, women are 27 times more likely to be abused online. Almost 50% of the respondents to the survey run by WPL and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2016 – from every country, background, age, position and […]

From peace and justice, to quality education, health and clean energy, these are only some of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) all United Nations Member States unanimously adopted in 2015. The Goals provide a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future, and have been selected by WPL and the House of Representatives of Japan to prompt discussions at the WPL Summit 2019.

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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 […]

January 14, 2019 – The House of Representatives of Japan will co-host the WPL Summit 2019 in Tokyo from the 25th to 27th of June. This immediately precedes the G20 Summit, which Japan will host on June 28-29. It will be the first WPL Summit ever held in East Asia.

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Women Political Leaders and Kantar Announce the Launch of The Reykjavik Index for Leadership. 12th November: London: Women Political Leaders (WPL), the global network of female politicians, and Kantar, the world’s leading data, insights and consulting company, today announce the upcoming launch of The Reykjavik Index for Leadership at the annual Women Leaders Global Forum. […]

On the 5th of October, Dr. Denis Mukwege, Congolese gynaecologist and member of the WPL Global Advisory Board, was awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, together with Iraqi Yazidi human rights activist Nadia Murad. The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award them the prize for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence […]