Women Speakers of parliament convene to support a gender-transformative post-pandemic economy

29 Sep 2021

On 6 September 2021, the world’s top women legislators gathered in Vienna for the 13th Summit of Women Speakers of Parliament, hosted by the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the Parliament of Austria and the United Nations. The Summit was held on the occasion of the Fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament. Twenty-eight women Speakers of parliament attended, the first global in-person gathering for many of the participants in nearly two years.

The theme of the Summit was Women at the centre: From confronting the pandemic to preserving achievements in a gender-responsive recovery. Speakers of parliament discussed women’s essential role during the pandemic as well as how the post-pandemic recovery could lead to progress in gender equality.