Category: Press Release

Brussels, January 2022 – Women Political Leaders (WPL) is honoured to welcome Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka as WPL Global Ambassador for Generation Equality. Mlambo-Ngcuka, who was appointed as the United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women from 2013 until 2021, will also serve as a member of the WPL Global Advisory Board. Having led the United Nations […]

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23 November 2021, Brussels – Women Political Leaders (WPL) is pleased to announce the appointment of Olena Malynska as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for WPL. Since its inception, Women Political Leaders (WPL) strives to increase the number and influence of women in political leadership positions. In the past few years, the organisation has grown […]

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10 November 2021 – REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND – At the conclusion of the Reykjavik Global Forum, the 2021 Women Political Leaders Trailblazer Award  was given to Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, Prime Minister of Iceland (2009-2013) and the world’s first openly LGBT head of government. The WPL Trailblazer Award recognises women Presidents and Prime Ministers, who by reaching the […]

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9 July 2021, Brussels – Women Political Leaders (WPL) is pleased to announce the appointment of Bogolo Joy Kenewendo as WPL Special Envoy to G7 & G20, and Nurhayati Ali Assegaf as WPL Global Ambassador for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Expanding its secretariat, WPL has also appointed Jennifer Blanke as a Senior Adviser. As part […]

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5 April 2021, Brussels – Women Political Leaders announces the appointment of three prominent leaders as WPL Global Ambassadors, who will contribute their expertise and knowledge to help drive global discussions on issues such as vaccination and climate. Aminata Touré, Prime Minister of Senegal (2013-2014), has been appointed WPL Global Ambassador for Vaccination. She is […]

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5 April 2021, Brussels – Women Political Leaders is pleased to announce the appointment of prominent women leaders and decision-makers as WPL Special Envoys. Comprising high-level women leaders from across diverse sectors, WPL Special Envoys will act in close cooperation with the Board to further advance the organisation’s mission of increasing the number and influence […]

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Brussels, January 2021 – Women Political Leaders is honoured to welcome Economic and Public Policy Expert Dr. Obiageli “Oby” Ezekwesili, Senior Economic Adviser to the Africa Economic Development Policy Initiative (AEDPI), as a new member of the WPL Board. Her proven experience in the economic and financial sectors, as well as her pioneering work against […]

March 6th, 2019 – Women Political Leaders is calling on female and male Leaders to help ensure a long overdue acceleration of progress toward achieving equal status and opportunities for women globally. Nothing will happen unless everybody gets on board, speaks up, takes action and helps affect change. That’s why on International Women’s Day 2020 […]

January 2020 – WPL is honoured to have Helen Clark, Prime Minister of New Zealand (1999-2008), to act as Chair of the Women Political Leaders (WPL) Board as of the 1st January, 2020. The Board provides guidance, solutions, and foundations to further advance the vital mission of WPL of “increasing the number and the influence […]

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One of the places where women have been dramatically underrepresented is in national and international peace processes. Women Political Leaders (WPL) is determined to highlight the work of women in the peace and security space, and encourages women around the globe to demand and take their seats at the table for these pivotal decision making […]

In the framework of the 20th OECD Forum World in EMotion, WPL organised a Discovery Lab session on the Reykjavik Index for Leadership, on Tuesday 21st May in Paris. Focusing on the Index, a powerful tool launched by WPL, in cooperation with Kantar – which measures attitudes and perception of women and men in leadership […]

On International Women’s Day 2019, 30% of the over 100 politicians from 51 countries which shared with WPL their vision for a better world, came from Latin American and the Caribbean.  A notable participation from this region of the world, which testifies how equal representation between women and men is top on their agenda. Female […]

International Women’s Day 2019 also offered an opportunity to reflect on the role of balanced society on peace. Over 100 politicians from 51 countries shared with WPL their vision for a better world, answering the question What does a world with balance between women and men look like to you? When expressing their views of […]

The “European Defence Rountable” organised in Malta in 2017, the “Women Peacemakers 2018 ” and the 2019’s session “A Man’s World? Leadership and Participation in International Affairs” – organised in the framework of the Munich Security Conference – testify how for WPL the quest for more women in leadership positions, specifically in the area of peace and […]

November 22, 2018 – Reykjavik, Iceland: Three important initiatives driving global change will receive the first POWER, TOGETHER Awards during the inaugural Women Leaders Global Forum on November 28 in Reykjavik, Iceland. “The only way to advance society is using our power, together,” says Women Political Leaders President Silvana Koch-Mehrin. “Together, we can create societies […]

Girls are the leaders of tomorrow and the future of our society. To #LeadLikeAGirl means leadership with heart and brain. On the International Day of the Girl, influential women politicians from 24 countries hosted more than 1,500 rising young leaders during #Girl2Leader campaign events on five continents. Thanks to a global video call, #Girl2Leader delegates […]

Blockchain represents an opportunity to change the world, by introducing transparency and accelerating poverty reduction. That was the shared belief held by speakers at the event, ‘Blockchain for Social Good: Utilizing Blockchain to Aid Economic Development’, held during the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in New York on the 24th of September. The consensus among […]

12 female MEPs will host an event as a part of a global campaign, taking place on five continents, led by the Women Political Leaders Global Forum (WPL) and aimed at encouraging teenage girls to consider a future in leadership. OCTOBER 10, 2018 – On the International Day of the Girl, the 11th of October, #Girl2Leader campaign […]

We recently sat down with WPL Founder & Former Vice President of the European Parliament Silvana Koch-Mehrin and Concordia Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO Matthew Swift as they shared how the two organizations will elevate the voice of women’s expertise and leadership across sectors through action-oriented programming, starting at the 2018 Concordia Annual Summit. SILVANA, WHAT […]

PRESS RELEASE 7.6.2018 On 6-8 June, Vilnius is hosting over 250 female Heads of State and Government, Ministers, and Parliamentarians from all over the world for the Women Political Leaders (WPL) Summit 2018. The WPL Summit 2018 will take place at the Seimas, the Parliament of Lithuania, which is co-hosting the event. The WPL Summit […]