Leadership Campaign

About

The Leadership Campaign aims to highlight the commitment of male Presidents and Prime Ministers around the world to increase the number of women in politics.

Parity between women and men in politics mirrors our societies. Greater balance in political representation is essential to inclusiveness. For this to happen, men are as much part of that important change, as women.

Male Heads of State and Government, Presidents and Prime Ministers from around the world have contributed with far-reaching and challenging statements. They gave their personal testimony by completing the sentence “We need more women as political leaders because…”

The campaign has been exhibited at the UN Headquarters in New York, the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, the OECD Headquarters in Paris, and many national Parliaments as well as the European Parliament.

Women Political Leaders (WPL) acknowledges the important role of José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission (2004-2014) and Member of the WPL Global Advisory Board, in assembling these important testimonials

The mission of WPL is to increase the number and influence of women in politics.. WPL profoundly believes that men – in particular, male politicians in positions of influence – are as much a part of that important change for the better, as women.

Male Presidents and Prime Ministers from around the world have contributed far-reaching and challenging statements on the advancement of women into positions of political leadership. They share the belief that equality between men and women in politics is vital.

WPL works with Parliaments, Governments and other partners to advocate political action to increase the number and influence of women in politics.

We need more women as political leaders because it matters – not only for democracy, society and the economy, but also for the individual lives of each of us. We men need to make this our matter and say loud and clear that we do not want politics that provide fewer opportunities for one half of the population. On the contrary, we want politics that recognise that we need more women in parliaments and as political leaders simply because it is the right, good and wise thing to do. In 2017, it just is not acceptable that politics around the world are still in many ways dominated by men. I am proud to be the Prime Minister of a country that has come far in advancing gender equality. It is my ambition to lead Iceland to continue being a country where it’s as likely for a girl as it is for a boy to be Prime Minister when grown up.

Bjarni Benediktsson, Prime Minister of Iceland

Across the G7, there are wide disparities in how women and men view the suitability of women for leadership roles. As disheartening as this is, I am encouraged by tools such as the Reykjavik Index for Leadership which help us identify the countries and sectors where the equality challenges are the greatest. By measuring the challenges, we are better equipped to develop meaningful solutions to close the equality gap.

Ann Cairns / Global Chief Talent Officer of Deloitte

Women Political Leaders’
support to the UN Women HeForShe campaign

Denis Mukwege

Founder and director of the Panzi Hospital

Denis Mukwege

Founder and director of the Panzi Hospital

We need more women as political leaders because gender equality in politics is a necessary condition for a truly democratic society in which all voices are heard. In the Netherlands, close to 40% of Parliamentarians are women. Worldwide unfortunately almost 80% of Parliamentarians are men. This number is a cause as well as an outcome of the severe inequality between women and men in our world. We need to improve the gender balance because it benefits both women and men, both girls and boys. Female leaders serve as an inspiration for the next generation.

Jody Williams

Founder and director of the Panzi Hospital

Jody Williams

Founder and director of the Panzi Hospital

We need more women as political leaders because gender equality in politics is a necessary condition for a truly democratic society in which all voices are heard. In the Netherlands, close to 40% of Parliamentarians are women. Worldwide unfortunately almost 80% of Parliamentarians are men. This number is a cause as well as an outcome of the severe inequality between women and men in our world. We need to improve the gender balance because it benefits both women and men, both girls and boys. Female leaders serve as an inspiration for the next generation.

Jane Goodall

Founder and director of the Panzi Hospital

Jane Goodall

Founder and director of the Panzi Hospital

We need more women as political leaders because gender equality in politics is a necessary condition for a truly democratic society in which all voices are heard. In the Netherlands, close to 40% of Parliamentarians are women. Worldwide unfortunately almost 80% of Parliamentarians are men. This number is a cause as well as an outcome of the severe inequality between women and men in our world. We need to improve the gender balance because it benefits both women and men, both girls and boys. Female leaders serve as an inspiration for the next generation.

Denis Mukwege

Founder and director of the Panzi Hospital

Denis Mukwege

Founder and director of the Panzi Hospital

We need more women as political leaders because gender equality in politics is a necessary condition for a truly democratic society in which all voices are heard. In the Netherlands, close to 40% of Parliamentarians are women. Worldwide unfortunately almost 80% of Parliamentarians are men. This number is a cause as well as an outcome of the severe inequality between women and men in our world. We need to improve the gender balance because it benefits both women and men, both girls and boys. Female leaders serve as an inspiration for the next generation.