Author: Alejandra Fernandez

Are you ready to empower and be empowered? Do you want to hear, engage, and exchange ideas with women leaders across sectors worldwide? Join the 2020 Forum’s Leaderstalk sessions: virtual, interactive conversations led by our partners and addressing the urgent barriers and challenges to equality between men and women. For three days, November 9-11, these […]

2020 was supposed to be a landmark year for gender equality; a celebration of advancement. Instead, inequalities between women and men, across dimensions, have intensified as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. According to the World Economic Forum’s most recent Global Gender Gap Index, no country has reached gender parity in wages. Progress toward closing […]

The data is clear – when women are able to work, economies grow. According to the International Monetary Fund, the economic empowerment of women boosts productivity and profitability in the workplace. Meanwhile, the International Labour Organisation has shown that increasing women’s participation in the labour force improves national gross domestic product.   So what would happen […]

Despite notable progress over the last two decades, political leadership remains the preserve of men – as of 2019, just 2% of all Presidents were female. One of those few was Her Excellency Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, President of Croatia (2015-2020), Chair of the Council of Women World Leaders (CWWL) and Co-Chair of the Reykjavik Global Forum. […]

On average, women and young girls face far graver health challenges than their male counterparts – a fact that we are currently witnessing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and one which can only be changed by sweeping multilateral government legislation. Malak Azmirly, a #Girl2Leader delegate and Youth Council Member at Plan International Sweden […]

Introducing the next generations Millennials and Generation Z – anyone born since 1981 – face unprecedented challenges finding comfortable employment and, consequently, have a novel set of demands for leaders in business and politics. With an eye to this issue, #Girl2Leader and Running Start delegate Serena Saunders took to the stage at the 2019 Reykjavik […]

An unequal world How can the world ensure “girls get equal”? At the Reykjavik Global Forum 2019, a group of women leaders convened to hold a crucial discussion analysing gender inequalities and suggesting ways to eliminate them. The conversationists, Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, the CEO of Plan International; Maike Roettger, the CEO of Plan International Germany; Pearly […]

The landscape of 2020 changes every single day. From stories of success in reducing coronavirus cases to more cautionary tales; we are all adjusting to this new normal. Understandably, this type of environment sparks concern about what the future will hold. How should we respond? The response of the Reykjavik Global Forum – Women Leaders […]

With a big part of the year 2020 focussed on the management of the pandemic, the long-run upside for gender equality is looming ahead of us. How to trigger change? The moment to create clear pathways to secure advancement on the road to equality for women is NOW. To respond to the consequences of the […]

Can 2020 still be the year of women or will it only be remembered as the year of the pandemic? The answer is the Reykjavík Global Forum – Women Leaders November 9-11, 2020. Generating  momentum to reclaim progress towards equality In this year, which has shown the need for greater women’s leadership and parity in […]