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Forum Events during Davos Week 2021

Inspiring progress, driving the recovery 

As the world embarks on what looks to be another challenging year, outstanding leaders will be meeting digitally during the annual “Davos Week” to discuss findings, introduce new initiatives, and suggest practical steps to drive a much-needed global recovery with equality for women as its foundation.

Concurrent with the week-long Davos Agenda convened by the World Economic Forum (25 to 29 January), Women Political Leaders (WPL) and The Female Quotient (TFQ) are hosting two major digital discussions to offer concrete solutions to build back better and to advance women’s leadership, thus contributing to the “Great Reset” required by unprecedented times. Two flagship initiatives of the Reykjavík Global Forum 2020 will be at the center of these efforts.

First, a digital conversation entitled  A Manual offering practical solutions for a better future’ is scheduled on Tuesday 26 January from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. EST. The preliminary version of the first chapter of the Reykjavík Manual, a new practical guide of proven solutions to assist in societal reconstruction (introduced at the Forum in November 2020), will be presented at a conversation featuring Rebeca Grynspan, Secretary-General of the Secretaría General Iberoamericana (SEGIB).

Chaired by Silvana Koch-Mehrin, President & Founder of WPL, the session will outline practical solutions for confronting today’s most pressing problems, many of them contributed by the nearly 900 women leaders who met at the Reykjavík Global Forum 2020. Because women leaders must be at the forefront of change, this session will concentrate on the Manual’s chapter on gender equality, a fundamental human right, as well as the foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. 

Equality for women is far from being achieved as discriminatory laws and social norms remain prevalent and  women continue to be underrepresented at all levels of political leadership. The need to achieve equality for women in this area is pointed out in the Sustainable Development Goal 5  (SDG 5) specifically addressing Gender Equality.

Both of these distinguished panelists are Co-Chairs of the Forum and patrons of The Reykjavík Manual, the 17 chapters of which address the 17 United Nations SDGs. This session will be the first of many set to take place through June of 2021, when the final version of the Reykjavík Manual will be released at the Women Political Leaders Summit 2021. The Manual amplifies the role of women leaders in meeting the SDGs and spotlights the critical importance of women’s leadership in achieving a more equitable future. 

Second, the Reykjavík Index for Leadership 2020-2021, a research project conducted by Women Political Leaders and Kantar, measures the evolution in perceptions on leadership across sectors and countries. This Index serves as a lens through which many topics vital to discussions around leadership can be better considered.

The sobering findings of this year’s Index will be at the core of a digital conversation entitled The Reykjavík Index for Leadership 2020-2021: Understanding barriers to equality in leadership, to take place on Wednesday 27 January from 6:10 to 6:55 p.m. CET (12:10 to 12:55 p.m. EST). 

Participants at this session will include Michelle Harrison, Global CEO of Kantar, and Obiageli “Oby” Ezekwesili, Public Policy Expert and Senior Economic Adviser, AEDPI. The event will be chaired by Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, Senior Advisor on Women’s Leadership at UN Women, Chair of the Reykjavík Global Forum Board, and Member of the WPL Board.

Helen Clark, Chair of the WPL Board, Administrator of the UN Development Programme 2009-2017, and Prime Minister of New Zealand 1999-2008 will  conclude the digital conversation..

Panelists will consider how to advance perceptions in societies that have failed to show progress in their views of women’s suitability for leadership roles, despite global movements calling for greater equality between women and men. Even as the world grapples with the devastating impacts of COVID-19, accomplished leaders will examine Index results and discuss how to reverse negative trends and promote tangible ways to speed the journey to equality.

By hosting these  two live online sessions in the context of the Davos Agenda, the Reyjavík Global Forum reaffirms its commitment to discussing these and other significant findings, sharing updates with its global membership, and inviting feedback from distinguished Conversationists worldwide.