Reykjavik Index for Leadership to Measure the State of Gender Equality in Leadership

Sunday, November 25, 2018
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Women Political Leaders and Kantar Announce the Launch of The Reykjavik Index for Leadership.

12th November: London: Women Political Leaders (WPL), the global network of female politicians, and Kantar, the world’s leading data, insights and consulting company, today announce the upcoming launch of The Reykjavik Index for Leadership at the annual Women Leaders Global Forum.

The Reykjavik Index for Leadership measures how people feel about women in power. As well as measuring the perceived legitimacy of male and female leadership in politics and professions, it also provides a measure of how men and women differ in their views and the extent to which gender is a non-issue when debating the suitability of individuals for positions of power.

The Index evaluates the G7 group of nations and 20 different industries and public professions, surveying gender equality attitudes of more than 10,000 men and women.

The Index will be formally launched, and initial results presented, at the Women Leaders Global Forum being held in Reykjavik, Iceland, from 26th to 28th November. The Index launch presentation from Dr Michelle Harrison, CEO, Kantar Public and Global Board Member of Kantar, will take place during the plenary session at 3:35pm (GMT), on 27th November, chaired by Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, Chair of the Executive Board of WPL.

If you would like to attend the Reykjavik Index launch or the Women Leaders Global Forum, or receive a pre-briefing please get in touch at [email protected].

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About WPL

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. WPL members are women in political office – Presidents, Prime Ministers, Cabinet Ministers, Members of Parliaments, Mayors. Membership is free and members are honoured by their participation. WPL strives in all its activities to demonstrate the impact of more women in political leadership, for the global better.

About Women Leaders Global Forum

Women Leaders Global Forum is co-hosted by WPL and the Government and Parliament of Iceland. The inaugural Forum will be held in Reykjavik, 26-26 November 2018. The Forum’s mission is to provide a platform where women leaders discuss and share ideas and solutions on how to further advance society, increase gender equality and promote and positively develop the number of women in leadership positions. The event will feature keynote speakers, all internationally recognised for their contribution to advancing society and there will be 400 invitation-only delegates from over 100 countries. For further information, please visit:

About Kantar

Kantar is one of the world’s leading data, insight and consultancy companies. Working together across the whole spectrum of research and consulting disciplines, its specialist brands, employing 30,000 people, provide inspirational insights and business strategies for corporations and governments in 100 countries. Kantar is part of WPP and its services are employed by over half of the Fortune Top 500 companies. For further information, please visit us at

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