The campaign “We need more Women in Parliaments and as political leaders because…” aims to highlight the commitment of male Presidents and Prime Ministers around the world to increase the number of women in politics.
The Women in Parliaments Global Forum (WIP) would like to acknowledge the important role that Mr Bjarni Benediktsson, Prime Minister of Iceland, and Mr José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission (2004-2014) and Member of the WIP Advisory Board, have taken in assembling these important testimonials.
A greater gender balance in politics that reflects the diversity of our societies is a crucial goal for our global society.
The mission of Women in Parliaments Global Forum (WIP) is to increase the number and influence of women representatives in Parliaments across the globe. WIP profoundly believes that men – in particular, male politicians in positions of influence – are as much a part of that important change for the better, as women themselves.
I am delighted to present this ground-breaking WIP Leadership Campaign publication. 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 gender equality in politics is vital.
The WIP campaign is being launched at a crucial time, when the UN Global Goals begin to be implemented. WIP works with Parliaments, Governments and other partners to advocate political action to increase the number and influence of women in politics. I would like to encourage you to support this campaign and join WIP in the task of advancing society for women and men.
Founder of the Women in Parliaments Global Forum
Former Vice-President of the European Parliament
We need more women in Parliaments and 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.
Prime Minister of Iceland
Co-patron of the WIP Leadership Campaign
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
WIP Advisory Board Member,
President of the European Commission (2004-2014) and Prime
Minister of Portugal (2002-2004)
Women in Parliaments Global Forum
support to the UN Women HeForShe campaign