The Council of Women World Leaders is  a network of current and former women presidents and prime ministers.

The Council currently has 36 Members.


The Council's mission is to mobilize the highest-level women leaders

globally for collective action on issues of critical importance to women and equitable development. A ministerial initiative that engages sitting and former women ministers and cabinet members is an integral and essential part of the Council structure.The Council and Ministerial Initiative create a global architecture for giving a collective voice to women at the highest levels of government. Their mission is to promote good governance and enhance the experience of democracy globally by increasing the number, effectiveness, and visibility of women world leaders.



Council of Women World Leaders Members

Listed alphabetically

photo of corazon aquinoCorazon Aquino President, The Philippines, 1986-92
photo of michelle bacheletMichelle Bachelet President, Chile, 2006-present
photo of gro harlem brundtlandGro Harlem Brundtland Prime Minister, Norway, 1981, 1986-89, and 1990-96

photo of micheline calmy reyMicheline Calmy-Rey President, Switzerland, 2006-2007
photo of suzanne camelia romerSuzanne Camelia-Romer Prime Minister, Netherlands Antilles, 1993, 1998-1999
photo of kim campbellKim Campbell Prime Minister, Canada, 1993
photo of violeta chamorroVioleta B. de Chamorro President, Nicaragua, 1990-96
photo of tansu cillerTansu Çiller Prime Minister, Turkey, 1993-96
photo of helen clarkHelen Clark Prime Minister, New Zealand, 1999-present
photo of edith cressonEdith Cresson Prime Minister, France, 1991-92

photo of luisa dias diogoLuísa Dias Diogo Prime Minister, Mozambique, 2004-present
photo of ruth dreifussRuth Dreifuss President, Switzerland, 1998-99
photo of vidgis finnbogadottirVigdís Finnbogadóttir President, Iceland, 1980-96
photo of pamela gordonPamela Gordon Premier, Bermuda, 1997-98
photo of tarja halonenTarja Halonen President, Finland, 2000
photo of sheikh hasinaSheikh Hasina Prime Minister, Bangladesh, 1996–2001
photo of janet jaganJanet Jagan President, Guyana, 1997-1999

photo of emily de jongh elhageEmily Saїdy de Jongh-Elhage Prime Minister, Netherlands Antilles, 2006-present

photo of ellen johnson sirleafEllen Johnson Sirleaf President, Liberia, 2006-present
photo of chandrika kumaratungaChandrika Kumaratunga President, Sri Lanka, 1994-2005
photo of maria liberia petersMaria Liberia-Peters Prime Minister, Netherlands Antilles, 1984-86, 1988-94
photo of gloria macapagal arroyoGloria Macapagal-Arroyo President, The Philippines, 2001-present
photo of mary mcaleeseMary McAleese President, Ireland, 1997–present
photo of beatriz merinoBeatriz Merino Prime Minister, Peru, 2003

photo of angela merkelAngela Merkel  Chancellor, Germany, 2005-present
photo of mireya moscosoMireya Moscoso President, Panama, 1999-2003
photo of maria das nevesMaria Das Neves Prime Minster, Sao Tome and Principe, 2002-2004
photo of kazimiera prunskieneKazimiera Prunskiene Prime Minister, Lithuania, 1990-91
photo of mary robinsonMary Robinson President, Ireland, 1990-97
photo of shipleyJenny Shipley Prime Minister, New Zealand, 1997-99

photo of portia simpson millerPortia Simpson Miller Prime Minister, Jamaica 2006-2007
photo of jennifer smithJennifer Smith Premier, Bermuda, 1998-2003
photo of hanna suchockaHanna Suchocka Prime Minister, Poland, 1992-93
photo of vaira vike freibergaVaira Vike-Freiberga President, Latvia, 1999-2007
photo of begum khaleda ziaBegum Khaleda Zia Prime Minister, Bangladesh, 1991-96

In Memoriam:

Benazir Bhutto Prime Minister, Pakistan, 1988-90, 1993-97, d. 2007
Sirimavo Bandaranaike Prime Minister, Sri Lanka 1960-65, 1970-77, 1994-2000, d.2000

Dame Eugenia Charles Prime Minister, Dominica, 1980-95, d.2005

Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo Prime Minister, Portugal, 1979-80, d.2004

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