Women Political Leaders championing Italy’s G20 priorities

Ursula von der Leyden, one of two women leaders to attend the G20 summit

ROME -Women political leaders are meeting Friday, the eve of the G20 Summit, to discuss their views on Italy’s G20 priorities and suggest actionable solutions to today’s global challenges. The WPL G20 is co-hosted by Women Political Leaders, the European Commission, and the European Parliament in the framework of the Italian Presidency of the G20.

Like many international fora, the G20 is a male-dominated space with a very limited representation of women leaders. At the G20 Summit 2021, how many women will have a seat at the table? The answer is bleak, only two.

 At the WPL G20, the latest findings from the Reykjavík Index for Leadership surveyed for the first time in all G20 countries will be released.

 The Reykjavík Index for Leadership is the first measure of perceptions of women and men in terms of their suitability for leadership across more than 20 sectors in all G20 countries. The findings of this year's Index are to be released at the meeting. They show how stereotypes are prevailing when it comes to leadership. The G20 Summit 2021 is showing these stereotypes in political reality with only two women being G20 leaders today. 

 Attendees will also tackle one of the biggest challenges today - climate change, mapping out solutions that G20 leaders should implement. 

 The urgent need to ensure the safety and security of Afghan women political leaders is also on the agenda.