President Park Geun-hye Joins Council of Women World Leaders

Washington, D.C.

February 24, 2014


Megan Rabbitt

Today, the Secretary General of the Council of Women World Leaders, Laura Liswood, released a statement on President Park Geun-hye joining the Council:

“The Council of Women World Leaders is pleased to announce the membership of President Park Geun-hye of the Republic of Korea to the Council. President Park has been a steadfast figure in Korean politics since an early age due to her family’s political legacy as well as her own successful career. She has focused her social policy on the eradication of violence against women and children, such as domestic, sexual and school violence. As President, she has spoken out clearly for the need to ensure that women are included as an important driver of growth and well-being of her country.

“After becoming the first female head of state and government of the Republic of Korea, President Park Geun-hye was invited by the chair of the Council, President Tarja Halonen of Finland, to become a member. The Council looks forward to working with President Park on increasing the visibility and presence of women world leaders who wish to follow in her footsteps in both Korea and around the world.”


About the Council of Women World Leaders

The Council of Women World Leaders, co-founded in 1996 by President Vigdis Finnbogadottir of Finland and Secretary General, Laura Liswood, is composed of women presidents and prime ministers. The council currently consists of 48 members.  The mission of the Council is to increase the visibility and voice of women leaders, encourage young women to take leadership roles and raise issues of importance to women and girls globally. The Council is affiliated with the United Nations Foundation.

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