The campaign “We need more Women in Parliaments and as political leaders because…” aims to highlight the commitment of male Presidents and Prime Ministers around the world to increase the number of women in politics.
The Women in Parliaments Global Forum (WIP) would like to acknowledge the important role that Mr Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson, Prime Minister of Iceland, and Mr José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission (2004-2014) and Member of the WIP Advisory Board, have taken in assembling these important testimonials.
A greater gender balance in politics that reflects the diversity of our societies is a crucial goal for our global society.
The mission of Women in Parliaments Global Forum (WIP) is to increase the number and influence of women representatives in Parliaments across the globe. WIP 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 themselves.
I am delighted to present this ground-breaking WIP Leadership Campaign publication. 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 gender equality in politics is vital.
The WIP campaign is being launched at a crucial time, when the UN Global Goals begin to be implemented. WIP works with Parliaments, Governments and other partners to advocate political action to increase the number and influence of women in politics. I would like to encourage you to support this campaign and join WIP in the task of advancing society for women and men.
Founder of the Women in Parliaments Global Forum
Former Vice-President of the European Parliament
Iceland has a proven track-record in advancing gender equality and this has been instrumental in the progressive development of our society. For many years Iceland has been a proud leader, among other great nations, as the country that has had the best results in closing the gender gap by the ranking of the World Economic Forum. Strong, independent and courageous Icelandic women are mostly to thank for this success. Participation of Icelandic women in political decision-making is also among the highest in the world – meaning that more than 44% of our members of Parliament are are women and the same number is true for all members of local governments, as of Autumn 2015. Last but not least, the Icelandic nation is very proud of the fact that Ms Vigdís Finnbogadóttir was the first woman in the world to be elected as a head of state in a democratic election.
Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson
Prime Minister of Iceland
Co-patron of the WIP Leadership Campaign
During my term as President of the European Commission and Prime Minister of Portugal, I have put great emphasis on gender equality in politics. Firstly, it is an issue of democratic representation. It is simply not fair that more than half of our citizens are not adequately represented within our institutions. Secondly, we must stand for diversity. Women bring new perspectives and experiences to politics. This is why, in my capacity as a Member of the Women in Parliaments Global Forum Advisory Board, I invited all male Heads of State and Government around the world to contribute a testimonial, stating the importance they personally assign to this important element of democracy.
I am delighted to see that so many of the leading men in politics have contributed to this remarkable
compilation of statements.
José Manuel Durão Barroso
WIP Advisory Board Member,
President of the European Commission (2004-2014) and Prime
Minister of Portugal (2002-2004)
Women in Parliaments Global Forum
support to the UN Women HeForShe campaign