The Council of Women World Leaders is an independent, self-governing network of current and former women Prime Ministers and Presidents established in 1996 by Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, President of Iceland (1980-1996), the first woman in the world to be democratically elected president, Mary Robinson, the President of Ireland (1990-1997), and Laura Liswood, Secretary General.
The Council of Women World Leaders is a network of 90 current and former presidents and prime ministers. It is the only organization in the world dedicated to women heads of state and government. The Council of Women World Leaders Secretariat is hosted at the United Nations Foundation in Washington, D.C and is an affiliate of the UN Foundation.
As of January 2024, the Council consists of 90 esteemed and accomplished current and former women presidents and prime ministers.
In the past, the Council has successfully collaborated with various international organizations and governments to bring Council members to international conferences and summits to speak and share their insights on a wide variety of topics.
Leadership is not easy. But it gives you power to change things, power to make things better. The Council works to elevate the voice of women who embrace the challenge of leadership.
- Laura Liswood, Secretary-General