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Chairmanship in the Council of Women World Leaders

Katrín Jakobsdóttir Prime Minister

Prime Minister of Iceland became Chair of the Council of Women World Leaders on February 19, 2020.

The Council of Women World Leaders is an independent, self-governing network of 83 current and former women Prime Ministers and Presidents established in 1996 by Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, President of Iceland (1980-1996), the first woman in the world to be democratically elected president, Mary Robinson, the President of Ireland (1990-1997), and Laura Liswood, Secretary General. The Council of Women World Leaders Secretariat is hosted at the United Nations Foundation in Washington, D.C and is an affiliate of the UN Foundation.

In an address to members of the Council Prime Minister Jakobsdóttir pointed to the importance of solidarity among current and former women presidents and prime ministers. “The organization allows us to join forces to make the world a better place for women and girls. Women’s solidarity is one of the most important components in the fight for gender equality and women’s liberation. Also, I wish to engage the common strength in the council to be in the forefront of fighting climate change, with a focus on climate action, sustainability and just transition at the core.”

The Council of Women World leaders is an important community and a forum to share ideas and solutions that will build better societies and promote gender equality. It raises the visibility of current and former women heads of state and government and provides future generations with examples of women leaders. As Chair of the Council of Women World Leaders the Prime Minister is committed to build a strong network within the Council and to foster a community where the members can help each other to navigate the fight for gender equality. Thus, the council will continue to tackle the challenges to end the gender gap and form strategies to end all forms of violence against women and girls, which is both the cause and the consequence of women’s inequalities.

More about the Council of Woman World Leaders at its website


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