Council of Women World Leaders

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The Council of Women World Leaders, created in 1996, is a network of 77 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.


  • Madeleine Albright: Founding Chair of the Ministerial Initiative (1996–2007); Secretary of State of the United States (1997–2001)
  • Kathy Calvin: CEO (2009–present); President (2013–2019) of the United Nations Foundation
  • Kim Campbell: Prime Minister of Canada (1993); Council Chair (1999–2003)
  • Vigdís Finnbogadóttir: President of Iceland (1980–1996); Founding Council Chair (1996–1999)
  • Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović: President of Croatia (2015–2020); Council Chair (2019–2020)
  • Dalia Grybauskaitė: President of Lithuania (2009–2019); Council Chair (2014–2019)
  • Tarja Halonen: President of Finland (2000–2012); Council Chair (2009–2014)
  • Katrín Jakobsdóttir: Prime Minister of Iceland (2018–present); Council Chair (2020–present)
  • Laura Liswood: Secretary General (1996–present)
  • Mary Robinson: President of Ireland (1990–1997); Council Chair (2003–2009)
  • Margot Wallström: Chair of the Ministerial Initiative (2007–present); First Vice President of the European Commission (2004–2010); Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden (2014–2019)

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