Leadership Campaign

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The Leadership Campaign aims to highlight the commitment of male Presidents and Prime Ministers around the world to increase the number of women in politics.

Parity between women and men in politics mirrors our societies. Greater balance in political representation is essential to inclusiveness. For this to happen, men are as much part of that important change, as women.

Male Heads of State and Government, Presidents and Prime Ministers from around the world have contributed with far-reaching and challenging statements. They gave their personal testimony by completing the sentence “We need more women as political leaders because…”

The campaign has been exhibited at the UN Headquarters in New York, the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, the OECD Headquarters in Paris, and many national Parliaments as well as the European Parliament.

Women Political Leaders (WPL) acknowledges the important role of José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission (2004-2014), Chairman of Goldman Sachs International, and Member of the WPL Global Advisory Board, in assembling these important testimonials

The mission of WPL is to increase the number and influence of women in politics, and men – in particular, male politicians in positions of influence – are as much a part of that important change for the better, as women.

Male Presidents and Prime Ministers from around the world have contributed far-reaching and challenging statements on the advancement of women into positions of political leadership. They share the belief that equality between men and women in politics is vital.

WPL works with Parliaments, Governments and other partners to advocate political action to increase the number and influence of women in politics.

We need more women as political leaders because it matters – not only for democracy, society and the economy, but also for the individual lives of each of us. We men need to make this our matter and say loud and clear that we do not want politics that provide fewer opportunities for one half of the population. On the contrary, we want politics that recognise that we need more women in parliaments and as political leaders simply because it is the right, good and wise thing to do. In 2017, it just is not acceptable that politics around the world are still in many ways dominated by men. I am proud to be the Prime Minister of a country that has come far in advancing gender equality. It is my ambition to lead Iceland to continue being a country where it’s as likely for a girl as it is for a boy to be Prime Minister when grown up.

Bjarni Benediktsson, Prime Minister of Iceland

During my term as President of the European Commission and Prime Minister of Portugal, I have put great emphasis on gender equality in politics. Firstly, it is an issue of democratic representation. It is simply not fair that more than half of our citizens are not adequately represented within our institutions. Secondly, we must stand for diversity. Women bring new perspectives and experiences to politics. This is why, in my capacity as a Member of the Women in Parliaments Global Forum Advisory Board, I invited all male Heads of State and Government around the world to contribute a testimonial, stating the importance they personally assign to this important element of democracy. I am delighted to see that so many of the leading men in politics have contributed to this remarkable compilation of statements.

José Manuel Durão Barroso, Chairman of Goldman Sachs International WPL Global Advisory Board Member, President of the European Commission (2004-2014) and Prime Minister of Portugal (2002-2004)

Women Political Leaders’ support to the UN Women HeForShe campaign

Mohammad Ashraf Ghani

We need more women in Parliaments and as political leaders
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Edi Rama

We need more Women in Parliaments and as political leaders
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José Eduardo dos Santos

We need more women in parliament and as political leaders
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Mauricio Macri

We need more women in parliaments and as political leaders
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Malcolm Turnbull

We need more Women in Parliaments and as political leaders
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Werner Faymann

We need more Women in Parliaments and as political leaders
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Heinz Fischer

We need more Women in Parliaments and as political leaders
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Ilham Aliyev

We need more women in our parliaments and as political
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Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa

We need to strengthen, at the international level, the presence
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Abdul Hamid

We need more women in Parliaments and as political leaders
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Charles Michel

We need more Women in Parliaments and as political leaders
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Guy Verhofstadt

When I started my political career in the 1970s, female
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Denis Zvizdić

Women are an important part of civil society, and they
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Roberto Azevêdo

We need more women as political leaders because, first, it
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Paul Biya

Nous souhaitons plus de femmes dans les Parlements et comme
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Justin Trudeau

We need more women in Parliaments and as political leaders
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Sebastian Piñera

Manuel Santos

We need more women in parliament and in political leadership
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Luis Guillermo Solís

Necesitamos más mujeres en los parlamentos porque el mundo necesita
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Bohuslav Sobotka

We need more Women in Parliaments and as political leaders
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Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

We need more women as political leaders because in any
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Hailemariam Desalegn

We need more women in parliament and as political leaders;
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Juha Sipilä

We need more Women in Parliaments and as Political leaders
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Sauli Niinistö

We need more women in Parliaments and as political leaders.
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Alexander Stubb

We need more Women in Parliaments and as political leaders
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Jyrki Katainen

We need more women in Parliaments and as political leaders
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Ali Bongo Ondimba

We need to have a larger number of women in
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Giorgi Margvelashvili

We need more women in Parliament and as political leaders
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Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson

We need more Women in Parliaments and as political leaders
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Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson

We need more Women in Parliament and as political leaders
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Guðni Th. Jóhannesson

We need more women in Parliaments and as political leaders
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Bjarni Benediktsson

We need more women in Parliaments and as political leaders
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Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson

We need more Women in Parliaments and as political leaders
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Enda Kenny

We need more Women in Parliaments and as political leaders
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Benjamin Netanyahu

We need more Women in Parliaments and as political leaders
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Sergio Mattarella

We need more women in Parliament and as political leaders
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Takehiko Nakao

We need more women as political leaders because the participation
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Shinzō Abe

We need more Women in Parliaments and as political leaders
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Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein

We need more Women in Parliaments and as political leaders because
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Nursultan Nazarbayev

We need more Women in Parliaments and as political leaders
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Karim Massimov

We need to increase the number of women in Parliaments
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Valdis Dombrovskis

We need more women in Parliaments and as political leaders
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Saulius Skverneli

Women make up half of the population and continue to
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Jean-Claude Juncker

We need more women in Parliaments and as political leaders
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Xavier Bettel

We need more women in Parliaments and as political leaders
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Gjorge Ivanov

We need more Women in Parliaments and as political leaders
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Arthur Peter Mutharika

We need more Women in Parliaments and as political leaders
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Joseph Muscat

We need more women in Parliament and as political leaders
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Ángel Gurría

We need more women as political leaders because the gap
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Enrique Peña Nieto

Necesitamos más mujeres en los parlamentos y como líderes políticas,
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Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj

We need more women in Parliaments and as political leaders
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Milo Dukanovic

We need more Women in Parliaments and as political leaders
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U Thein Sein

We need more Women in Parliaments and as political leaders
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Mark Rutte

We need more women in Parliaments and as political leaders
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John Key

We need more Women in Parliaments and as political leaders
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Mahamadou Issoufou

Nous avons besoin d’un grand nombre de femmes dans nos
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Peter O’Neill

We need more women in Parliaments and as political leaders because
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Pedro Pablo Kuczynski

We need more women participating in politics, as political party
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Benigno Aquino III

We need more Women in Parliaments and as political leaders
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Donald Tusk

We need more women in Parliaments and as political leaders
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Andrzej Duda

We need more Women in Parliaments and as political leaders because
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António Guterres

We need more women as political leaders because gender equality
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José Manuel Barroso

We need more Women in Parliaments and as political leaders
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Aníbal Cavaco Silva

We need more women in Parliament and as political leaders
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Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa

We need more women in Parliaments and as political leaders
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Klaus Iohannis

We need more Women in Parliaments and as political leaders
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Paul Kagame

We need more women as political leaders in order to
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Macky Sall

We need more women as political leaders because women have
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Robert Fico

We need more Women in Parliaments and as political leaders
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Cyril Ramaphosa

We need more women as political leaders because our country’s
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Moon Jae-in

We need more women as political leaders because both genders
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Hwang Kyo-Ahn

We need more Women in Parliaments and as Political leaders
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Mariano Rajoy

Necesitamos más mujeres en los parlamentos y como líderes políticas, porque
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Pedro Sánchez

We need more women as political leaders because, in the
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Ranil Wickremesinghe

We need more Women in Parliaments and as political leaders!
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Stefan Löfven

We need more women in parliaments and as political leaders
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Prayut Chan-o-cha

We need more women in Parliaments and as political leaders
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Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

We need more women as political leaders because a democratic,
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Petro Poroshenko

We need more Women in Parliaments and as political leaders
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Arseniy Yatsenyuk

We need more women in Parliaments and as political leaders
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Guy Ryder

We need more women as political leaders because they are
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David Cameron

We need more women in Parliaments and as political leaders
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Gordon Brown

We need more women in Parliaments and as political leaders
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