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Council on Women World Leaders: Members


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Council on Women World Leaders: Members

We are governed by a small and cohesive Board of Directors who share a commitment to the goals and objectives of the United Nations Charter and the UN’s work on behalf of economic, social, environmental and humanitarian causes.

 

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: President, Republic of Liberia, 2006-Present


Johnson Sirleaf was elected President in the 2005 presidential election and took office in January 2006. She is Liberian’s first elected female president and often referred to as the "Iron Lady".

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Helle Thorning-Schmidt: Prime Minister of Denmark, 2011-present


Helle Thorning-Schmidt is the current Prime Minister of Denmark.

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Jennifer Smith: Premier, Bermuda, 1998-2003


Jennifer Smith is the first elected female Premier of Bermuda, the first Bermuda Progressive Labour Party (PLP) Government Leader, the first PLP Minister of Education and the first women Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly.

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Luísa Dias Diogo: Prime Minister, Mozambique, 2004-2010


Luisa Dias Diogo became the first woman Prime Minister of Mozambique in 2004, representing the country’s FRELIMO party, which has ruled the country since the nation’s independence in 1975.

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Maria Das Neves: Prime Minister, São Tomé and Príncipe, 2002-2004


Maria das Neves was appointed as the archipelago of Sao Tome and Principe's first woman Prime Minister.

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Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo: Prime Minister, Portugal, 1979-1980, d.2004


Maria de Lourdes Ruivo da Silva de Matos Pintasilgo was the first woman to serve as Prime Minister of Portugal.

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Dalia Grybauskaitė


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Dame Eugenia Charles


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Iveta Radicova


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Julia Gillard


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Khaleda Zia


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Pamela Gordon


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Atifete Jahjaga: President of Kosovo, 2011-Present


While Atifete Jahjaga is the fourth President of Kosovo, she is the first female, first non-partisan candidate, and the youngest to be elected to the office.

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Benazir Bhutto: Prime Minister, Pakistan, 1988-1990, 1993-1997, d.2007


Benazir Bhutto was born on June 21, 1953 in Pakistan. She was the eldest child of former minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.

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Hanna Suchocka: Prime Minister, Poland, 1992-1993


Hanna Suchocka wasthe prime minister of Poland between 1992 and 1993 under the presidency of Lech Waslesa, the only woman to hold this post so far.

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Janet Jagan: President, Guyana, 1997-1999, d.2009


In 1997, Janet Jagan made history, becoming the first female president of Guyana.

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Maria Liberia-Peters: Prime Minister, Netherlands Antilles, 1984-1986, 1988-1994


Maria Liberia-Peters agreed to form a new coalition and was elected as Prime Minister, a position that was hers from 1984-1986 and later from 1988-1994. After 1994, she still remained President.

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Mireya Moscoso: President, Panama, 1999-2004


Mireya Elisa Moscoso Rodriguez de Arias was the President of Panama from 1999 to 2004, representing the Arnulfista Party.

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Sheikh Hasina: Prime Minister, Bangladesh, 1996-2001 and 2009-Present


The Awami league won the elections on December 29, 2008 with an overwhelming majority and Sheikh Hasina was named Prime Minister of Bangladesh. She continues to serve in that capacity today.

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Violeta Barrios de Chamorro: President, Nicaragua, 1990-1997


Violeta Barrios de Chamorro was the first and only female president of Nicaragua, and the first Latin American woman elected to the office by election.

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Atifete Jahjaga


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Beatriz Merino


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Benazir Bhutto


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Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf


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Laura Chinchilla Miranda


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Michelle Bachelet


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Ruth Dreifuss


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Corazon Aquino: President, Philippines, 1986-1992 d.2009


Maria Corazon was the 11th President of the Philippines, the first woman to hold that office, and the first female president in Asia.

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Dilma Rousseff: President, Brazil, 2011- Present


Dilma Vana Rousseff is the 36th and current President of Brazil.

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Emily de Jongh-Elhage: Prime Minister, Netherlands Antilles, 2006-2010


Emily de Jongh-Elhage is currently the fifth female Prime Minister of the Netherlands Antilles.

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