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Winners of the 2020 Power, Together Award Announced 29 October 2020 – Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, Founder of Susan G. Komen and Promise Fund of Florida and Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, President of Iceland (1980-1996) are recipients of 2020 POWER, TOGETHER AWARDS for their outstanding achievement of making the “Pink Ribbon” the globally recognised icon for breast cancer […]

Experts: Mental Health Needs Fresh Approach, Must Receive More Funding  It came as little surprise to some end of 2020 when the World Health Organization said that the Covid-19 pandemic had stressed healthcare systems to such a degree that funding for essential mental health services was disrupted in 93 percent of member countries.  The WHO […]

The political upheaval taking place in Belarus underscores the vital role that women must play in fighting for democratic values.  At the Reykjavík Global Forum – Women Leaders 2020, exiled Belarus presidential candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya (Human Rights Activist and Belarus Democratic Opposition Leader) spoke with Rosalía Arteaga (Member of the WPL Board, Executive President of […]

The 2020 Power, Together Awards recognised Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, Founder of Susan G. Komen and Promise Fund of Florida and Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, President of Iceland (1980-1996) for their work making the Pink Ribbon a world renowned symbol for breast cancer awareness. This honour was bestowed upon them at the 2020 Reykjavik Global Forum – […]

Equal pay, parental leave, and access to financing are among the most significant challenges preventing women’s full participation in the global economy. These problems have been made worse by COVID-19, particularly in the Americas, where  according to the UN women have lost jobs at higher rates than men in the sectors hit hardest by the […]

Imagine… Imagine a world in which women and men have equal access to quality education. Imagine how different this world would be, if all women and men enjoyed an equal opportunity to enrol in tertiary education. Just imagine the vast innovations that would result from real parity between women and men in the Information, Communication, […]

How to build back better to a new normal where women in political leadership is no longer the exception. As part of the Reykjavik Global Forum – Women Leaders 2020, Women Political Leaders has convened its community of WPL Country Ambassadors for a private discussion on how to build back better in a post-pandemic world. […]

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A quarter century after then-U.S. First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered her rousing and influential speech ‘Women’s Rights are Human Rights’ at the UN’s 1995 Conference on Women, the necessity of extending basic rights to all people, and to women in particular, remains at the top of the global agenda. On the occasion of Human […]

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 […]

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. […]