WPL Summit history
Previous WPL Summits have attracted several hundred women Parliamentarians and other senior politicians from all around the world to Brussels, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Mexico, Jordan, Iceland and Lithuania.
The WPL Summit is the foremost global gathering of women political leaders. It convenes 350-400 participants – women political leaders from around the world: Heads of State and Government, Cabinet Ministers, Parliamentarians. In addition, other experts and thought-leaders from academia, business and civil society are invited to participate.
Participants meet in the Parliament of the host country. The WPL Summit is always a cooperation between WPL and the host country’s Parliament and Government. International institutions such as the UN, OECD, World Bank, Council of Women World Leaders (CWWL) and others join as partners.
These events address today’s intertwined global challenges, and offer the opportunity to exchange best practice of and knowledge on political decision-making. Discussions are held with the purpose to get to action.
WPL Summit 2023 - Brussels
The Women Political Leaders’ Summit 2023 was more than just a gathering; it was a moment for women politicians from all around the world to connect, share, and envision the path ahead. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, The WPL Summit 2023 welcomed more than 200 politicians from 80 countries who joined insightful panels and speeches on the topics of peace, security, and – fundamentally – why “Representation Matters“.
WPL Summit 2021 - Virtual Summit
Building forward: Women political leaders determining the new normal
Under the guiding theme “Building forward: Women political leaders determining the new normal”, WPL gathered Heads of State, Ministers, Speakers of Parliament, Parliamentarians, corporate C-suite executives and Heads of UN Agencies.
The virtual format allowed thousands of people from around the world, including influencers and movers and shakers, to follow the high-level conversations in real-time. Nearly 34 million people were reached via social media, and the outreach fueled a strong online conversation.
WPL Summit 2019 - Tokyo (Japan)
Taking actions to advance society through SDGs
The WPL Summit 2019, co-hosted by the House of Representatives of Japan, brings together female Heads of State and Government, Ministers, and Parliamentarians from all over the world. The WPL Summit 2019 immediately precedes the G20 Summit, which Japan is hosting on June 28-29. This timing gives the WPL Summit an opportunity to have an important impact. The WPL Summit 2019 provides a forum for exchange on best practices around the globe: of leadership, legislation, and political agenda-setting that create change in society.
The conclusions of the first-ever WPL Summit held in Asia-Pacific region were distilled in the WPL Summit 2019 Outcome Declaration.
WPL Summit 2018 - Vilnius (Lithuania)
It's about time! 100 Reasons to Act
The WPL Summit 2018, co-hosted by Seimas, the Parliament of Lithuania, brought together female Heads of State and Government, Ministers, Parliamentarians and Mayors from all over the world. The WPL Summit 2018 was held under the patronage of Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of the Republic of Lithuania, and in cooperation with the Council of Women World Leaders (CWWL). President Dalia Grybauskaitė is also the Chair of CWWL and will convene CWWL’s network of women Presidents and Prime Ministers on this occasion.
In 2018, Lithuania celebrated a Centenary of the Restoration of the State and 100 years of women’s voting rights – a landmark political anniversary. Thank you for being part of a global event, highlighting women’s empowerment and potential. In this spirit, the WPL Summit 2018 provided the forum for exchange on best practices around the globe: of leadership, legislation and political agenda-setting that creates results.
WPL Annual Global Summit 2017 - Reykjavík (Iceland)
We can do it!
The WPL Annual Global Summit 2017 was hosted, in cooperation with the Althingi – Iceland’s Parliament – and the Government of Iceland, in Reykjavík on 28-30 November. This high-level conference brought together at least 250 female political leaders from all over the world. The WPL Summit 2017 is organised by Women in Parliaments (WIP) and Women Government Leaders (WGL), communities of the Women Political Leaders Global Forum (WPL).
The Annual Global Summit takes place in collaboration with the Council of Women World Leaders (CWWL), whose Chair, President Dalia Grybauskaite of Lithuania, will convene CWWL’s network of women Prime Ministers and Presidents.
The Summit will take place under the special aegis of Vigdís Finnbogadóttir. Icelanders made Vigdis Finnbogadottir the world’s first democratically elected woman president in 1980. Finnbogadottir, who served longer as president than any woman from any country, also founded the Council of Women World Leaders (CWWL) twenty years ago.
Iceland is the global champion of gender equality and the 2017 Annual Global Summit – titled, “We Can Do It!” – will provide a unique opportunity to showcase the Icelandic way to gender equality, as well as providing a forum for exchange on political best practices and experiences, leading to impact on legislation and political agenda-setting.
WPL Annual Global Summit 2016 - Amman (Jordan)
Women in Politics: Fast forward
The Women in Parliaments Global Forum (WIP) in cooperation with the House of Representatives of Jordan hosted the WIP Global Summit 2016 (4-6 May 2016). This Summit, co-organised with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), was the first of its kind to be held in a Middle East North African (MENA) country and brought together female Parliamentarians from all over the world.
The outstanding selection of speakers included Dalia Grybauskaite, President of Lithuania and Chair of the Council of Women World Leaders (CWWL), and Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta, among others.
This high-level event came in light of the progress made by women over the last several years, across the MENA region, to increase their participation in political decision-making. It presented a unique opportunity for participants to discuss the most pressing issues on the global agenda and engage in dialogue about the role and importance of female decision-makers in today’s world.
WPL Annual Global Summit 2015 - African Union (Addis Ababa)
New leadership for global challenges
The WIP Global Summit 2015 was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 23-25 March 2015 and focused on the theme of New Leadership for Global Challenges. The summit was co-hosted by the African Union in the Headquarters of the African Union Commission and was co-financed by the European Commission.WIP partnered with the United Nations and Government of Chile to present the Call to Action at the WIP Summit 2015, which was affirmed and signed by Members of Parliament in attendance. This Call to Action highlights how progress towards gender equality has been too slow and uneven, and underlines the necessity of taking immediate action in order to eliminate gender inequality by 2030 and achieving equal representation of Women in Parliaments.Over 400 female Members of Parliament from 92 countries attended the WIP Summit 2015 which took place during the “African Union Year of Women’s Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063” and the “European Year For Development“.
WPL Annual Global Summit 2015 - Mexico City (Mexico)
Make it happen! Influence and power of women in Parliament
The WIP Mexico Summit (7-9 October 2015), co-hosted by the Women in Parliaments Global Forum (WIP) and the Mexican Senate, marked the 40th anniversary of the First World Conference on Women.
WPL Annual Global Summit 2014 - Kigali (Rwanda)
The Spirit of Women in Parliaments: Advancing Society
The WIP Summer Summit 2014 (1-3 July 2014) convened the community of female Parliamentarians from 51 countries in Kigali, Rwanda.
The event was held in cooperation with the Parliament of Rwanda, which for the first time in its history opened its plenary for a conference of a group of international Parliamentarians. More than 200 female MPs addressed issues of peace, security, the post-2015 agenda and the impact of Constitutions during the meeting.
With 64% of Parliamentarians, Rwanda is since 2008 the first country to have a majority of women in its Parliament.
WPL Annual Global Summit 2013 - European Parliament (Brussels)
The Spirit of Women in Parliaments: Advancing Society
The inaugural WIP Annual Summit was the first time in history that all female Parliamentarians in the world were invited to gather in a unique conference in Brussels. Around 600 participants from more than 100 countries came together, which made the WIP Annual Summit an unprecedented occasion to discuss the issues on the Global Agenda from the perspective of female political leaders. Issues that were being addressed reached from “financial markets steered by women” to “women working together in the fight against corruption”.
The event was co-hosted by the European Parliament and international partners like the UN Development Programme and UN Women, the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Transparency International, the World Economic Forum and the World Bank contributed Working Groups to the programme.