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Council of Women World Leaders

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Council of Women World Leaders
FounderVigdís Finnbogadóttir
Mary Robinson
Laura Liswood
TypeNGO, network
PurposeTo mobilize the highest-level women leaders on issues of critical importance to women
HeadquartersUnited Nations Foundation, Washington, D.C.
83 current and former women prime ministers and presidents
Secretary General
Laura Liswood
Council Chair
Katrín Jakobsdóttir
AffiliationsUnited Nations Foundation

The Council of Women World Leaders, created in 1996, is a network of 83 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's Ministerial Initiative also involves current and former cabinet ministers and secretaries in the work of the council.

The first summit was held April 29–30, 1998, at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.[1]


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  1. ^ "Women of the world unite". Herizons. Vol. 12, no. 3. 1998. p. 12. Retrieved 2024-04-20 – via EBSCOHost.

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