Women Leading the Way – panel discussion

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Women Leading the Way - perspectives and experiences from the Nordics


The Nordic diplomatic representations and cultural institutes are happy to welcome you to this year’s digital edition of the annual International Women’s Day Event on Monday the 8th of March from 9 am CEST. This year’s discussion will focus on women in leadership positions in the political arena. The discussion will be streamed online on Facebook and will be held in English.

Women in political leadership positions are still a global exception rather than the norm. The Nordic countries are viewed as forerunners on women’s political rights, as most of the countries have had female political leaders, and with four women serving as Prime Minister today. How have Nordic women managed to climb the political ladder? Has the goal of equal representation in politics been achieved?

Join us on the International Women’s Day and hear from our Nordic representatives:

Welcoming words by Kristján Andri Stefánsson, Ambassador of Iceland

Introduction to the theme of women in leadership by Marianne Hamilton, author of Advice to my dear daughter, Sweden

Followed by a panel discussion with:

Lilja Alfredsdóttir (Iceland) | Minister of Education, Science and Culture and former Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade

Astrid Willa Eide Hoem (Norway) | Leader of the Norwegian Labour Youth Party (AUF)

Karen Melchior (Denmark) | Member of the European Parliament

Silvia Modig (Finland) | Member of the European Parliament

and moderator:

Liesbet Stevens (Belgium) | Deputy Director of the Belgian Institute for the equality of women and men


The discussion will be streamed live on Facebook and you can find the event here

The event is a Nordic collaboration between the Embassy of Denmark to Belgium, Embassy of Iceland, Mission of the Faroes to the European Union, Embassy of Finland, Norwegian Embassy, Embassy of Sweden, and The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux.