Women Political Leaders Summit 2019

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The WPL Summit 2019, co-hosted in Tokyo by the House of Representatives of Japan, will bring together female government ministers, and Parliamentarians from all over the world.

Streaming: Wednesday, June 26 (all times local)

Opening session: Taking actions to advance society through SDGs

09:00 – 09:20

Keynote: Taking actions to advance society through SDGs

09:20 – 09:30

Women and the role of Asia in the world

09:30 – 10:30

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The WPL Summit is convening in the Asia/Pacific region for the first time. Accounting for over 60% of the world's population and creating over 60% of global growth, Asia will play a key role in the world's economic, social, and cultural development. Asian states have produced many women leaders. However, challenges still remain on the path to equality between women and men. It is now essential to promote women's rights and enhance women's participation in public life in order for whole societies across the region to advance.

Advancing society with women as political leaders

11:10 – 12:10

Good governance is directly linked with women in power. Societies and countries that benefit from good governance are fertile ground for getting more women in the highest positions of leadership. However, global data indicate that the world is far from benefiting from the potential of half its population: women. Less than 10 percent of Heads of State and Government and only around 24 percent of Parliamentarians are women. The OECD, the World Bank and others indicate that countries with more women in positions of political leadership invest more in health and education, and enjoy higher public trust in politicians. This suggests that all policy making can benefit from women's points of view. From education and social welfare to finance and defence to building a society resilient to disasters, how can women's perspectives be included in all policies?

Advancing the world with sustainable development goals

14:00 – 15:10

At the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015, 193 countries unanimously agreed to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) consisting of 17 interconnected ambitious goals and 169 closely linked targets. The SDGs address global challenges related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. Among G20 countries, Japan is the leader in working side-by-side with local partners around the world to realise a society where no one is left behind. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development can only be achieved if it translates into the reality of people at a local level. The session will aim to discuss the key challenges and opportunities for Parliamentarians to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

Streaming: Thursday, June 27 (all times local)

Video messages

08:30 – 08:45

Q&A: Advancing tomorrow's leaders

08:45 – 09:00

A conversation: Health and women

09:00 – 09:30

Health is the foundation of social and economic strength. Understanding and addressing women's specific health needs and social conditions is crucial to ensure the wellbeing of both women and society as a whole. The WHO has found that inequality between women and men leads to health risks for women and girls. For example, women are burdened with an unequal share of unpaid work. They are not only working in their offices, the agricultural sector, schools, hospitals, businesses or elsewhere, but they are also the main unpaid workers at home. This double burden of work puts extra pressure on women's physical and mental health. Social practices that undermine women's ability to act independently for themselves impede their well-being and health. If countries want to have healthier societies and thriving economies, women leaders are part of the solution. They can tackle these challenges by conceiving and promoting more effective measures to ensure a healthy society.

Keynote: Advancing health for all

09:30 – 09:40

Addressing climate change and establishing a recycling society

09:40 – 10:40

Climate change poses a threat to the safety, health and the lives of all. The depletion of natural resources is closely correlated to waste, air and marine pollution. Rather than coping with these problems separately, developing a recycling society can contribute to a sustainable society and growth. In the spirit of mottainai (a Japanese term conveying a sense of regret concerning waste), this session will explore ideas on how to build an international recycling system of resources and promote a transition to a society with low contamination and pollution by encouraging reduction and the appropriate treatment of waste.

G20 & Womenomics: Setting the scene

11:10 – 11:25

G20 & Womenomics: The smart choice

11:25 – 12:25

Women are less likely than men to join the labour market. Social stereotypes and preconceived expectations of the role of women affect their participation in the economy, the type of jobs they get, and their earnings. This represents an economic cost not only for women but for communities and countries. As Kristalina Georgieva, Interim President and CEO of the World Bank, said "the world is essentially leaving $160 trillion on the table when we neglect inequality in earnings over the lifetime between men and women." "Womenomics" is the term Japan adopted to refer to policies aimed at increasing women's participation in the labour market. At last year's G20 in Buenos Aires, the Leaders' Declaration confirmed again that equality between women and men is crucial for fair and sustainable economic growth. This session will aim to promote the importance of women's success for economic growth as a premise for further advancement at this year's G20.

Walk the talk

15:30 – 15:50

Two Prime Ministers, two global leaders, a woman and a man who walk the talk. From New Zealand to Portugal to the United Nations and the European Commission to the non-for profit to the corporate sectors, in every step, words turned into actions. This conversation will offer an opportunity to discuss two extraordinary journeys that pave the path to progress.

Next generation leaders, call to action

15:50 – 16.00

The #Girl2Leader initiative launched by Women Political Leaders (WPL) aims to socially empower girls around the world. The case for more women in positions of politics and leadership needs to be more loudly heard. Today's political leaders are almost all men: 94.4% of Heads of State and 92.7% of Heads of Government! It's time for change. It's time for girls and women to lead the world with brains and hearts. For change to happen, we need to connect today's leaders to the next generation of leaders. This session aims to bring #Girl2Leader Ambassadors together to share their experiences and inspiration of guiding the next generation of leaders and highlights the importance of the #Girl2Leader initiative.

Moderated by: Silvana Koch-Mehrin, President of WPL

Closing remarks & WPL Summit 2019 declaration

16:00 – 16:10

Following two days of discussion and debate, WPL Summit 2019 participants express their consensus view of the big issues that they have addressed collectively. These women political leaders hereby share their joint declaration to the global community, including the leaders convening the next day for the start of the G20 Summit.

Statements by national delegation leaders

16:10 – 18:40

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