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The Women in Parliaments Global Forum (WIP) meets in the Parliament of Iceland to study the country’s success in gender equality and women’s political empowerment.
International female Parliamentarians will meet with the President, Prime Minister, Members of the Government and Members of the Parliament of Iceland.
Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, the first elected female Head of State in the world, will receive the “WIP Award for Lifetime Achievements in Female Political Empowerment”.
3-4 April 2014, Reykjavík, Iceland
The Women in Parliaments Global Forum (WIP), in cooperation with the Parliament of Iceland, will meet in Reykjavík to study Iceland’s success in gender equality, from 3 to 4 April. This will be the first time that the Parliament of Iceland opens its plenary for a conference of an international group of female MPs.
Female Parliamentarians from around the world (*) will gather to discuss about the policies that were needed to tackle gender inequality in Iceland – the current global leader in gender equality, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2013 – and to debate whether the Icelandic model can be exported to other regions of the world.
The official programme of the WIP Study Trip includes: Plenary Sessions with Icelandic politicians (Members of the Government and MPs from all political parties), Field Visits to companies with women in top positions, and meetings with the Prime Minister, Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson and the President of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson.
Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, the first woman in the world to be democratically elected Head of State, will receive the “WIP Award for Lifetime Achievements in Female Political Empowerment” on Friday 4 April.
Three Plenary Debates will give the opportunity to national politicians to explain their experience in closing the gender gap and overcoming gender stereotypes in Iceland, while the Field Visits will provide participants with first-hand insights into the companies Actavis, Lýsi, RioTinto Alcan and Steinunn. They all have women CEOs, who will meet with the international Parliamentarians.
Further information about the WIP Study Trip to Iceland:
- Official Programme of the WIP Study Trip to Iceland
- Facts & Figures about Iceland and gender equality
- Twitter list of participants, speakers and partners for the WIP Study Trip to Iceland (Official hashtag: #wipiceland)
- News about Iceland and the WIP Study Trip
- Information brochure of the Women in Parliaments Global Forum (WIP)
- WIP video
Further information about the Women in Parliaments Global Forum (WIP):
- The Women in Parliaments Global Forum (WIP) is an independent, international and non-partisan foundation established with the purpose of advancing society by building a network of Women in Parliaments
- It is the only global forum reaching out to all female Parliamentarians on national level. WIP endeavours to find ways to address global challenges by using the collective experience of Women across the world
- An Advisory Board oversees and provides guidance for the activities of the foundation, consisting of outstanding political and social leaders such as Zainab Bangura, Kathy Calvin, Ertharin Cousin, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Jane Goodall, Rebeca Grynspan, Tarja Halonen, Mo Ibrahim, Jeni Klugman, Pascal Lamy, Denis Mukwege, Alhaji Muhammad Mumuni, Ana Palacio, Lakshmi Puri, Sheika Haya Rashed Al Khalifa, Viviane Reding, Olli Rehn, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, Laura Tyson, Jody Williams, Muhammad Yunus and Saadia Zahidi.
- After this WIP Study Trip to Iceland, the Women in Parliaments Global Forum (WIP) will meet again at the WIP Summer Summit 2014 in Rwanda, a country leader in female political empowerment, from 1 to 3 July 2014.
To stay up to date with news about the upcoming WIP activities:
For further information, please contact the WIP Communications Officer: Aretha Francis,
Tel: +32 476.545.929
(*) Female MPs from the following countries will join the WIP Study Trip to Iceland: Afghanistan, Albania, Argentina, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Latvia, Liberia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Morocco, Pakistan, Peru, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia and Uganda.