Women Political Leaders successfully builds connections between female politicians and leaders alike who constitute a global network of nearly 10,000 female leaders. WPL initiates progress by convening women political leaders who have the drive and the influence to create positive change, thereby influencing many lives through this process and creating spaces for women to share their voice in politics.
Women Political Leaders (WPL) is the global network of female politicians. The mission of WPL is to increase both the number and the influence of women in political leadership positions
Through their actions they demonstrate the impact women in political leadership can have on other women, society, and the next generation of politicians through their daily activities, thereby calling for more women to join politics.
Women Political Leaders relies on the contribution of impactful female leaders who have the necessary insight and motivation to join politics. This page offers a collection of stories which illustrate this determination.
No glass ceiling was ever shattered by simply complaining.
Equal Representation in the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly
After a vote in the Standing Committee of the OSCE PA, on 30 June 2023, which required reaching a consensus, two amendments to the Rules of Procedures that the Vice-President of the OSCE PA, Irene Charalambides has submitted, have been adopted. As a result, appointments of officials in the OSCE PA will be made taking into consideration the need for equal representation between men and women. Up to now, appointments were left to the exclusive discretion of the President of the OSCE PA, often resulting in widening the representation gap. This will change with the new appointments to be made soon.
Appointments to official positions in the Parliamentary Assembly of the largest regional Security Organisation in the world (the OSCE), will provide women in the OSCE PA more visibility, along with more opportunities to demonstrate their efficiency and resolve contributing to the OSCE PA goals and encouraging yet more women to step forward in this demanding field.
The G20 group of countries represents nearly 90 percent of global GDP and 80 percent of global trade; at G20 meetings, leaders define initiatives aimed at global growth and development. Like many international fora, the G20 is a male-dominated space with a very limited representation of female leaders.
On 29 June 2019, Silvana Koch-Mehrin, President & Founder of WPL, together with Yoko Kamikawa, WPL Ambassador in Japan, and Shinako Tsuchiya, Chair of the Committee for the WPL Summit 2019 in Japan, handed over to Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan and President of the G20, in the presence of the G20 leaders the conclusions of the first-ever WPL Summit held in the Asia-Pacific region.
These conclusions, distilled in the WPL Summit 2019 Outcome Declaration, express the views of several hundred female politicians gathering on 25-27 June 2019 in Tokyo for WPL Summit 2019. They agreed that SDGs can be achieved by 2030 only if equality between women and men is achieved. They also agreed that parity is the GOAL, parity which mirrors that half of society are women.
On 29 June 2019 in Osaka, during the G20 Leaders Special Event, WPL asked the worldwide leaders to ensure parity and to ditch laws that treat women and men as not equal.
In 2017, during Germany’s presidency of the G20, WPL hosted the WPL-G20 Roundtable: “Digitalisation: Policies for a Digital Future” on 5-6 April in Düsseldorf, on the margins of the G20 Digital Ministers Conference.
Brigitte Zypries, German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, and keynote speaker at the WPL-W20 Roundtable, then brought the high-level roundtable’s Outcome Declaration to the attention of the G20 Ministers to call for more women to lead the digital economy.
Minister Zypries highlighted how empowering women will improve the sustainability of G20 economies in shaping an interconnected world. It was also pointed out that to reach the G20 “25 by 25” target of reducing the female labour force participation gap by 25% by 2025, it is essential that member state policies address some key areas indicated in the Round Table Outcome Declaration.
International Women’s Day recognising WPL for rallying female parliamentarians worldwide
For two years in a row, International Women’s Day (IWD) celebrated Women Political Leaders’ campaigns that run on the 8th of March as leading examples of International Women’s Day’s best practice in engaging female politicians worldwide. The campaigns were also praised for their innovative elements which made their impact last beyond IWD days.
On 8th March 2019, over 100 female leaders from 51 countries – belonging to WPL’s worldwide network of women politicians – answered the question What does a world with balance between women and men look like to you?
The female leaders struck the iconic #BalanceforBetter pose and offered up quotes about their vision for a balanced world where women and men have the same rights and opportunities. Collectively, these influential women provided a tangible call for people across countries to help forge equality between women and men in politics and society. Their answers also served to inspire future generations of female leaders. WPL also ran a parallel campaign on the #Girl2Leader initiative pages to inspire a new generation of female leaders, because change can’t happen without the younger generation.
“The WPL network successfully engaged and rallied its members worldwide”, IWD stated highlighting the campaign as a leading example of International Women’s Day best practice.
WPL amplified the collective voices of women decision makers, and their statements were powerful. Female parliamentarians from 30 countries across five continents responded to Women Political Leaders’ call-to-action. WPL asked women politicians within its worldwide network to support its International Women’s Day #PressforProgress campaign by declaring on social media their ambitions for equality between women and men, and share the policy actions they are taking to achieve them.
The global WPL community stepped forward to reinforce its commitment to equality and share its progress. Parliamentarians engaged vast audiences and inspired future generations of politicians with their answers; they posted material for the WPL #PressforProgress campaign, each supported by a purposeful testimonial and personal insight.
EU Health Minister taking on board WPL Outcome Declaration to improve access to maternal healthcare
In 2017, EU Ministers of Health took on board the recommendations of the Outcome Declaration resulting from the High-level meeting on Maternal Health and Refugee Women which took place in Malta (March 20-21) organised by Women Political Leaders, under the distinguished patronage of H.E. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta (2014-2019), and in partnership with MSD for Mothers, transforming the high-level political commitment resulting from it into actions to further mobilise support in EU policy circles on maternal health.
The rise in maternal mortality rates among vulnerable pregnant women across Europe is underreported and greater political commitment is crucial to ensure equal access to maternal health care for vulnerable cultural subgroups in all countries of the European Union (EU) as levels of migration within and into Europe increase.
To create sustainable change you need political allies to act as change enablers. The Outcome Declaration and the Study carried out by by WPL and MSD for Mothers provided directions and shed light on how to enable vulnerable pregnant women to have access to maternal health care.