2020 was poised to be an exceptional year for advancing women’s equality. Countless hallmark events, like the UN Women Generation Equality Forum, the Conference on the Status of Women, the Women Political Leaders Summit at the UN Headquarters, and the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, have been postponed or scaled down in light of the pandemic.
The number of virtual meetings, discussions, and initiatives in recent weeks has skyrocketed, and women leaders are making their voices heard. Nevertheless, an opportunity to convene and cultivate action regarding these anniversaries and the advancement of equal rights would be groundbreaking.
Envisioned in a year of monumental anniversaries for gender equality and development, the Reykjavik Global Forum, Women Leaders, set to take place on 9-11 November and co-hosted by WPL and the Government and Parliament of Iceland, has the potential to play a pivotal role in advancing female leadership. As it is scheduled later in the year, and allowing further consideration of expert COVID-19 advice, the Forum is positioned to become an exceptional moment for the progression of equality between women and men.
Hanna Birna Kristjansdottir, Chair of the Reykjavik Global Forum, Women Leaders underscores the need for such an opportunity in times of uncertainty:
Not only can the Reykjavik Global Forum provide an excellent opportunity for women leaders to convene during the year’s fourth quarter and make a vital contribution to advancing society and the status of the world in 2020, but it can also lay the foundations for future transformative action led by women in the years to come.
The Reykjavik Global Forum 2020 provides an excellent opportunity for women leaders to continue the work that they are doing to alleviate suffering during this pandemic and the work that they are doing to advance women’s leadership and equality worldwide. With a diligent awareness of ongoing developments, the Reykjavik Global Forum, Women Leaders is prepared to make a vital contribution to advancing society and the status quo both in 2020 and beyond.