Since 2005, the Council of Women World Leaders has maintained a strong relationship with the World Economic Forum (WEF) through participating in the Women Leaders Advisory Board, the Gender Parity Program, the Global Agenda Council for Women’s Empowerment, and the Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.
Several Council Members spoke and engaged in interviews at the forum this year where 22% of the participants were female. Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Arden took part in the panels ‘Mental Health Matters’ and ‘More than GDP’ and was interviewed by Politico to discuss her political philosophy. Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke at the plenary session about the international responsibility people in power have towards the global issue of poverty. Former President of Chile Michelle Bachelet participated in the press conference ‘Are we there yet? The status of LGBTI Inclusion’ and the panel ‘Taking Action for the Ocean.’ Her Excellency Bachelet and President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė both participated in the panel ‘Female Leadership at a Tipping Point.’ President Grybauskaitė also spoke about Brexit to Euronews. Former Prime Minister of New Zealand Helen Clark led the panel ‘The Future of Hospitals’ and participated in the breakfast held by Women Political Leaders, which focused on strengthening the network between global high-level leaders. Politico interviewed Former Prime Minister of Denmark Helle Thorning-Schmidt on children raised in war zones. Secretary-General Laura Liswood led the panel ‘The Female Icon’ and was interviewed by Deutsche Welle on the issue of gender equality among leaders in politics and business.