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Council of Women World Leaders

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Title: Council of Women World Leaders  
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Council of Women World Leaders

The Council of Women World Leaders is a network of current and former women prime ministers and presidents established in 1996 by Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, former President of Iceland (1980–1996), and Laura Liswood, Secretary General. The Council's mission is to mobilize the highest-level women leaders globally for collective action on issues of critical importance to women. The Council is located in Washington, D.C.


  • Board of Directors 1
    • Secretariat 1.1
  • General Membership 2
    • Current Council Members 2.1

Board of Directors

  • Kim Campbell: Prime Minister of Canada (1993); Former Council Chair (1999–2003)
  • Vigdís Finnbogadóttir: President of Iceland (1980–1996); Founding Council Chair (1996–1999)
  • Dalia Grybauskaitė: President of Lithuania (2009–present); Council Chair (2014–present)
  • Tarja Halonen: President of Finland (2000–2012); Former Council Chair (2009–2014)
  • Mary Robinson: President of Ireland (1990–1997); Former Council Chair (2003–2009)


  • 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–present) of the United Nations Foundation
  • Laura Liswood: Secretary General (1996–present)
  • Margot Wallström: Chair of the Ministerial Initiative (2007–present); First Vice President of the European Commission (2004–2010); Foreign Minister of Sweden (2014–present)

General Membership

Current Council Members

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