Global Women Leaders Voices for Change and Inclusion (GWL Voices) is a group of 54 women who have worked in governments and in multilateral organizations in support of promoting humanitarian relief, advocating for human rights principles and normative policies, advancing sustainable development, and resolving some of the world’s most complex conflicts.
GWL Voices started as a desire to reach gender equality within the multilateral system. It received funding to advocate for the rights of women and girls.
Now, their advocacy takes place through statements about the most critical situations in the world, intergenerational dialogues, alliances, events, communications campaigns, among others.
A recent statement released by GWL Voices on their website.
This group of women includes Helen Clark, former prime minister of New Zealand from 1999 to 2008 and director general of the United Nations Development Program from 2009 to 2017, Irina Bokova, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria and Director General of UNESCO from 2009 to 2017, and Susana Malcorra, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship of the Argentine Republic from 2016 to 2017 and Chief of Staff of the Secretary General of the United Nations from 2012 to 2015. They are deeply committed to the goals of the Generation Equality Forum, and held a series of events in the week leading up to GEF.
Susana Malcorra, said in a recent Intergenerational Dialogue, “This is about power – the ones who hold power don’t want to let it go. We, women, need to recognize that we are here to take our share of power.”
GWL Voices relentlessly works to ensure women are taking their share of power. Connected Women Leaders had the opportunity to speak with two key members of GWL Voices during the recent Virtual Equality Lounge in Celebration of Generation Equality. See what they had to say in this article.
To learn more about this organization, visit their website here or their Twitter here, and check out their most recent campaign “Deeds not words”.