Women Leaders Programme
| The World Economic Forum through its Women Leaders Programme is committed to promoting women's leadership and the issues affecting women's lives globally. The mission of the programme is to promote discussion and targeted action on the status of women across the world and across sectors by engaging business leaders, policy-makers and representatives of civil society organizations and by monitoring progress through new benchmarking tools that measure the global gender gap.
Additionally, the Women Leaders Programme strives to increase the participation of women in Forum activities by ensuring their involvement as members in Forum communities and inviting women leaders to be active contributors to the global dialogue.
Women's Empowerment: Measuring the Global Gender Gap
The study by the Women Leaders Programme and the Global Competitiveness Network measures a new dimension of competitiveness. A new benchmarking tool, it measures the relative size of the gender gap in 58 countries, based on economic and political criteria, as well as education and quality of life. Countries that do not capitalize on the full potential of one half of their societies are misallocating their human resources and undermining their competitive potential. The results of the report have been presented at conferences around the world and it been widely used as a reference by businesses, government bodies, academics and the media.
Gender Gap study I Interview with Co-Author Saadia Zahidi
Recognizing the value of role models and mentorship in enhancing leadership skills, particularly for young women, the World Economic Forum is fostering closer ties between upcoming and established women leaders through a Mentorship Programme. The community of Women Leaders interacts with the new Forum of Young Global Leaders at the Annual Meeting, regional events and throughout the year to create mentorship and networking opportunities. The aim is to work towards creating a future business and political environment in which women’s leadership is seen as crucial to addressing the challenges of the 21st century.
Read summaries of sessions on gender issues held at Annual Meetings and Regional Summits.
Annual MeetingsAnnual Meeting 2006
Economics of Equality
Private events: Changing the Rules, Mentorship Programme, Women’s Empowerment and World Leaders, Investing in Adolescent Girls: A Key to Reducing Poverty Annual Meeting 2005
Woman and the world in 2020
Private events: Power for Good, Mentorship Programme, Women World LeadersAnnual Meeting 2004
Why the advancement of women is strategically - not just politically - correct
Private events: Going Public After PrivateAnnual Meeting 2003
Arab and Western women: building trust together
Recognizing and managing diversityAnnual Meeting 2002
Women in the Muslim world
Regional SummitsIndia Economic Summit 2005
The gender gap - working together to improve India's competitivenessWorld Economic Forum in Russia
The gender gap - working together to improve Russia's competitiveness Africa Economic Summit 2005
The voice of women: are you listening? World Economic Forum in Jordan 2005
Images speak a thousand words: women and the media India Economic Summit 2004
How women are changing IndiaWorld Economic Forum in Jordan 2004
Enhancing women's role in Arab economies: Recommendations (PDF; 2 pgs; 64k)
New face of leadership India Economic Summit 2003
Do women have a say in the NEPAD?
Empowerment of women: how can women turn the tide against AIDS? Russia Meeting 2003
Meet some Russian women leaders India Economic Summit 2003
A better future for all: women's recommendation Extraordinary Annual Meeting in Jordan 2003
The empowerment of women
Building understanding: a dialogue with opinion-makers and intellectuals
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