IWD 2021 (Virtual Conference)

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN DAY 2021

“Women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls”, and Generation Equality campaign.

Women of the world want and deserve an equal future free from stigma, stereotypes and violence; a future that’s sustainable, peaceful, with equal rights and opportunities for all. To get us there, the world needs women at every table where decisions are being made.

We need women’s representation that reflects all women and girls in all their diversity and abilities, and across all cultural, social, economic and political situations.

More than 70 nations worldwide have seen a woman lead their governments in the modern era. Some have been elected, some appointed; some served for relatively brief terms, while others have left an enduring legacy behind them.

These Seven women leaders are among the most formidable of history’s elected female leaders, in terms of both their time in office and the impact they had on their nations, as well as the world at large, they are no more with us but their legacy will be remain lightning the Women Power and resilience.

  1. Isabel Martínez de Perón–  First Female President of Argentina
  2. Sirimavo Bandaranaike – First Female Prime Minister of Sri Lanka
  3. Indira Gandhi – First Female Prime Minister of India
  4. Golda Meir – First Female Prime Minister of Israel
  5. Margaret Thatcher – Frist Female Prime Minister of United Kingdom
  6. Benazir Bhutto – First Female Prime Minister Pakistan

To be sure, electing women does not guarantee those outcomes. Holding political office is just the first step to wielding political power; in many countries, institutional structures and political systems still limit women’s ability to influence policy. Women are not a homogenous group, and not all female leaders will be cooperative, peaceful, or advocate for laws that strengthen gender equality. Being the first woman elected to a leadership position often means navigating previously male-dominated structures, which can translate into political caution rather than policy change. Further, as the number of women seeking office rises, so too does the hostility and violence against them: politically motivated attacks on women are growing around the world.

We are paying tribute to the following living world legends women leaders on this International Women’s Day with the “Benazir Bhutto Lifetime Achievement Award 2021”

“BENAZIR BHUTTO LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 2021”

Dr. Ameenah Firdaus Gurib – Fakim

         First Female President of the Republic of Mauritius 

  • Dr. Rosalia Arteaga Serrano  

         First Female President of the Republic of Ecuador 

  • Ms. Marie Louise Coleiro Preca

          Second Female President of Malta

         First Female President of the Republic of Ecuador

“BENAZIR BHUTTO PRIDE OF PERFORMANCE AWARD 2021”

  • Her Excellency Ms. Gabriela Cuevas Barron,

Congresswoman of Mexico, President Inter- Parliamentary Union-IPU, 2017-2020

  • Her Excellency Ms. Majlinda Bregu, 

Secretary General-Regional Cooperation Council 

  • Right Honorable Ms. Lisa Rene Shanti Hanna,

Member of the Parliament from Jamaica 

  • Honorable Ms. Cecilia Jastrzembska

Senior Policy Advisor, DEFRA, Vice Chair Young Fabian, Writer, Public Speaker, UK 

Honorable Ms. Sophia Angelica

Singer, Peace & Women Empowerment Activist, USA 

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