“When Women Lead: Challenging Perceptions” to address SDGs

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The 4th annual Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Global Festival of Action is set to take place in Bonn, Germany, April 1-3, 2020. The fourth edition will be a milestone, gathering over 2,000 SDG changemakers from around the world to raise the visibility and impact of global initiatives, with great focus on local and innovative actions and solutions that can lead to transformative change toward the SDGs.

On the opening day, Women Political Leaders (WPL)  hosts a multi-sectoral high-level panel When Women Lead: Challenging Perceptions. The panel focuses on challenging everyday beliefs and behaviors for gender equality, highlighting how best to clear the path for women’s leadership. It features featuring distinguished women political leaders as well as women leaders from civil society and other international organisations.

The session also addresses transformative action that will measure and challenge social norms and attitudes to understand and address views that are detrimental for equality between women’s and men’s participation and leadership. The Reykjavik Index for Leadership, presented by Kantar and WPL, whose first edition was launched in 2018, with the aim of underscoring why certain negative perceptions of women leaders are pervasive and how leaders from different sectors can challenge the behaviors and beliefs that contribute to these perceptions. The broader event is designed by and for the SDG Action community and powered by the UN SDG Action Campaign, with the overall aim of inspiring action for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


  • Shandana Gulzar Khan, Chairperson of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP), Deputy Minister and Parliamentary Secretary of Pakistan
  • Elena Candon, Girl2Leader Delegate, 14 years old
  • Dirk Luyten, Founder of INSEAD’s Gender Research Fund and a Member of the Exco of the Global Women in Business Club

Moderated by:

  • Silvana Koch-Mehrin, President & Founder WPL


Venue: Plenary Hall, World Conference Centre Bonn (WCCB), Bonn, Germany