At the invitation of President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila of Namibia joined the Council of Women World Leaders (CWWL).
Upon extending the invitation, the President noted that the expanding network of women leaders can be an important catalyst for global action - necessary to achieve women’s leadership, gender equality and other sustainable development goals.
The Prime Minister of Namibia Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila is the 60th member of the CWWL.
Since President Dalia Grybauskaitė became the Chair of the Council of Women World Leaders, the Council has expanded to include President of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, President of Malta Marie-Louise Preca, President of the Republic of Mauritius Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, former President of India Pratihba Patil, former President of Malawi Joyce Banda, former President of Switzerland Simonetta Sommaruga, Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg and former Prime Minister of Bermuda Paula Ann Cox.
Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila is the first woman Prime Minister of Namibia. She served as Namibia’s Minister of Finance prior to assuming this office. As Minister of Finance she presented Namibia’s first surplus budget for two years in a row (2006-2008) and is known for policies of fiscal discipline