After five years as a Chair of Council of Women World Leaders, President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė steps down as a Chair of CWWL and has President of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović takes over the chairmanship of the organization.
Since D.Grybauskaitė appointment as Chair in 2014, the Council’s unique network has grown significantly, going from 52 current and former women heads of state and government to 74 members. During her tenure, President Grybauskaitė has also continuously strived to increase the Council’s efforts to advance women’s empowerment and gender equality worldwide. She regularly convened and mobilized the highest-level women leaders globally on women‘s social, economic, and political empowerment.
President Grabar-Kitarović is the first women in Croatia to be president and is it’s youngest head of state. She is a staunch proponent of gender equality and since her election in 2015, she has made women‘s empowerment both domestically and internationally a major foreign policy priority, in particular focusing on conflict and post-conflict societies.
The Council of Women World Leaders is a network of 74 current and former Presidents and Prime Ministers. It is the only organization in the world dedicated to women heads of state and government.
The Council’s mission is to mobilize the highest-level women leaders globally on issues of critical importance to women. Through its networks, programs and partnerships, the Council promotes good governance and gender equality, and enhances the number and visibility of women who lead their countries.