Join Westminster Foundation for Democracy and the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership (GIWL) at King’s College London for an online conversation with Joyce Banda, the first woman to serve as president of Malawi and only the second woman to become president on the African continent.
President Banda was named one of the world’s most powerful black women by Forbes in 2013 and 2014, and one of the most 100 influential people in the world by both TIME and Forbes. In 2014, CNN named her one of the most inspirational women in politics.
She has been a tireless advocate for the rights of women and girls, including successfully working to reduce high maternal mortality rates in Malawi, promoting safe motherhood and tackling gender-based violence.
President Banda will speak to GIWL Chair Julia Gillard about her experience leading as a woman and how to overcome the gendered barriers to a career in politics.
Julia Gillard is the only woman to have served as Prime Minister of Australia, a position she held from 2010 to 2013. Julia was central to the successful management of Australia’s economy, the 12th biggest in the world, during the global financial crisis, and delivered nation-changing policies including reforming Australian education at every level and establishing the nation’s first ever national scheme to care for people with disabilities. In October 2012, Julia received worldwide attention for her speech in parliament on the treatment of women in professional and public life.
The event will be chaired by WFD’s Director of Programmes, Shannon O’Connell. Shannon is WFD’s leading in-house expert on gender equality and women’s political empowerment, and is responsible for developing tools and resources to advance women’s political participation.
This conversation is part of a series of events to mark the publication of Women political leaders: the impact of gender on democracy, a recent report by GIWL and WFD.seen at 09:41, 16 September in Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD).
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