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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 […]

WPL is pleased to announce two new WPL Ambassadors: the honourable Members of Parliament Dieudonne Luma Etienne for Haiti and Ellen A. Attoh for Liberia.   Dieudonne Luma Etienne is currently a Senator at the 50th Legislature of the Republic of Haiti. She was elected as first secretary of office, and is now a member of three […]

Concordia is partnering with Women Political Leaders Global Forum (WPL), the worldwide network of female politicians—Presidents, Prime Ministers, Ministers, and Members of Parliament—based in Reykjavik, Iceland. WPL’s mission is to increase both the number and the influence of females in political leadership positions. This year-round programming partnership will provide a platform to promote the impact […]

WPL is pleased to announce three new WPL Ambassadors: Ms. Gifty Twum-Ampofo for Ghana; Ms. Michal Rozin for Israel; and Ms. Åslaug Sem-Jacobsen for Norway. Gifty Twum-Ampofo is currently the Deputy Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection of the Republic of Ghana and the Member of Parliament for the Abuakwa North Constituency. She holds an MBA in Strategic Management Studies from the Kwame […]

In April 2018, the WPL Africa Office is inaugurated in Kigali, Rwanda. WPL has a special focus on work in Africa. This is manifested by the extensive network of African WPL Ambassadors, coupled with the frequency of activities WPL organises on the continent, and the high participation of African women leaders in WPL undertakings. The office in […]

International Women’s Day celebrates the inspiring and courageous work women around the world are doing to secure women’s rights and to shape more tolerant and equitable societies. On this day, both women and men reflect on the work that remains and remember the many whose voices go unheard and who continue to be excluded from […]

WPL is pleased to announce three new WPL Ambassadors: Ms. Wafa Bani Mustafa for Jordan; Ms. Amal Deroua for Algeria; and Ms. Nelia Tazi for Morocco.    Ms. Wafa Bani Mustafa, new WPL Ambassador for Jordan, is an elected Member of the Jordanian Parliament (for three subsequent terms 2010-2017) and Chair of the Coalition of Women MPs in […]

WPL is deeply saddened by the passing of Peter Sutherland, a member of our Global Advisory Board of outstanding political leaders. Peter Sutherland was a former Director-General of the World Trade Organisation and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, as well as the youngest ever European Commissioner. He was an Irish attorney general and a UN […]

Women in Parliaments (WIP), the most prominent and largest WPL community, cooperates strongly and directly with many Parliaments worldwide. WIP Ambassadors are senior Members of Parliaments, appointed by the President of their Parliament, and play a key role in the activities of WIP. WPL is pleased to announce three new WIP Ambassadors: Ms. Tamar Chugoshvili for Georgia; Dr. […]