Women’s Political Leadership: A Human Rights Issue

Women are powerful agents of change, and the wider benefits of diversity and gender parity in leadership and decision-making are increasingly recognised across all sectors. However, women remain significantly under-represented in political, multilateral, corporate and community decision-making. The case for rebalancing the power equation in leadership has never been clearer: the need to increase women’s participation in decision-making benefits politics, multilateralism, business and communities. But progress in women’s leadership is not automatic.

From the local to the global level, women’s leadership and political participation is limited. Women are under-represented as voters and in leadership positions, whether in elected office, the civil service, the private sector or academia. Aware of this problem, Club de Madrid, Group of Women Leaders (GWL), and the Liz Mohn Center (LMC) wish to contribute to global efforts to increase women’s political participation at the highest levels of decision-making, using the experience of Club de Madrid and the GWL’ Members as a catalyst.


  • Danilo Türk, President of Club de Madrid and President of Slovenia (2007-2012)
  • Laura Chinchilla, President of Costa Rica (2010-2014) and Vice-President of Club de Madrid
  • Susana Malcorra, former Foreign Minister of Argentina, President of GWL Voices for Change and Inclusion and Advisor of Club de Madrid
  • Maite Pacheco, Director General International Protection and Humanitarian Assistance Programmes, Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration

The session will be moderated by Elsa Arnáiz, President and CEO of Talent for the Future.


Women’s Political Leadership: A Human Rights Issue

29th June

17:00 – 18:30 h (CEST)

Espacio Bertelsmann

Calle O’Donnell, 10 – Madrid