Dear Women Political Leaders, dear friends,
2018 sees landmark developments of the Women Political Leaders Global Forum: We are getting very close to the WPL Summit 2018 in Vilnius (Lithuania) on 6-8 June! It is the most significant gathering of leading women politicians from all continents, and includes current and former women Presidents and Prime Ministers, Ministers, Parliamentarians and other political leaders. The WPL Summit resides under the patronage of Her Excellency President Dalia Grybauskaite of Lithuania. In 2018, Lithuania celebrates 100 years of independence and 100 years of women's voting rights – a landmark political anniversary. The WPL Summit theme in 2018 is consequently: “It’s about time! 100 reasons to act” In November, WPL is proud to launch the Women Leaders Global Forum, the Davos of women – Iceland style. It is co-hosted by WPL, the Government and Parliament of Iceland, which is the global champion of gender equality. This forum is the first of its kind and will be the world’s most relevant women’s conference, the platform for people who advance society. Focusing on activities in Africa, the WPL Africa Office in Rwanda was launched in April. Based in Rwanda, the global champion of women in politics, it will coordinate initiatives for all African regions. Stay put for more to come!
Silvana Koch-Mehrin, Founder & President of the Women Political Leaders Global Forum



Last chance to join the WPL Summit 2018

Female Heads of State and Government, Ministers, and Parliamentarians from all over the world will convene in Vilnius, Lithuania, on 6-8 June for the annual summit of Women Political Leaders (WPL), co-hosted with Seimas, the Parliament of Lithuania.
Confirmed speakers for the WPL Summit 2018 include Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, President of Croatia; Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta; Viorica Dăncilă, Prime Minister of Romania; Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile (2006-2010, 2014-2018), Helen Clark, Prime Minister of New Zealand (1999-2008); Yulia Tymoshenko, Prime Minister of Ukraine (2007-2010); and Aminata Toure, Prime Minister of Senegal (2013-2014).

President‘s post

By Dalia Grybauskaitė, the President of the Republic of Lithuania and Chair of the Council of Women World Leaders:

‘This year Lithuania celebrates two centenaries: a hundred years of the Independence and a hundred years of the suffrage right for Lithuanian women. Both occasions highlight courage and determination to follow a dream and make it a reality.

Today we enjoy the benefits of those big dreams. Yet we have a responsibility to take them even further and dream bigger. IT’S ABOUT TIME. WE HAVE 100 REASONS TO ACT. It is easier to do it with those who are likeminded.

It is a big honor and joy to welcome more than two hundred women and men from all over the world in Vilnius. WPL Summit 2018 provides excellent opportunities to exchange ideas, experiences and aspirations. And Lithuania, a living proof of a dream coming true, is the perfect place for inspiration.’


Past Conferences

WPL Africa Office Inauguration

On 27-29 April 2018, the WPL Africa Office was formed in Kigali, Rwanda. Following the inauguration, during the Mo Ibrahim Governance Weekend, WPL brought together African Women Leaders networks. The aim was to discuss and tackle priority issues on gender equality and women’s empowerment, thus accelerating progress and Africa’s transformation. The high-level interactive sessions was attended by more than 80 participants, men and women in leadership positions, including ministers, parliamentarians, private sector executives, international organisations leaders as well as representatives/leaders from the civil society and academia. Read more here.

WPL at the UN Commission on Status of Women

On March 13th, WPL organised a conference at the 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York. The purpose of this event was to provide data, information and examples on most effective methods for promoting women’s leadership and gender equality for government policies and actions. Presentations focused on experiences and lessons learned from the governments of Germany and Iceland, as well as on newly published toolkit for policy makers from OECD on best practices. Read more here.

New Signature conference

Women Leaders Global Forum - Reykjavik, Iceland

The Women Leaders Global Forum is the Davos of women – Iceland style. It is the platform for people who advance society, by networking outstanding women leaders, who play a vital role in their respective fields: with their creativity, their politics, their business, their research findings or their personal involvement in a cause they are passionate about. At the Women Leaders Global Forum, they can share ideas, insights, experience and opportunity to inspire and offer counsel to equals. Co-hosts are Women Political Leaders (WPL), in partnership with the Government of Iceland and the Parliament of Iceland. Attendance is by invitation only. Read more here.


WPL Summit 2018 - Vilnius, Lithuania

6-8 June 2018
WPL Summit 2018 (Vilnius, Lithuania)
11 October 2018
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