President of the Republic of Lithuania

Programs and initiatives

  • Spotlight on Leadership Series

The series of events provide a platform for the members of the Council to discuss their policy agendas as well as regional and global issues that are of critical importance to encouraging women’s leadership, advancing gender equality and improving the situation of women.


  •  Business Case for Women Initiative

Business Case for Women Initiative creates a forum to discuss and promote the leading research and action on increasing the number of women leaders in business.


  • Graduate fellowship Programs

The Graduate Fellowship Programs established in 2001 provide an opportunity for graduate students to join the offices of women world leaders, observe the leadership in action and gain the first-hand experience of working with global women’s issues.

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Fellowship focuses on three thematic areas: Gender and Public Policy, Environment Policy and Public Health Policy. Since its inception the Council has placed more than 170 fellows in offices around the globe.

Please follow information on this website about upcoming fellowship opportunities.

  • Ministerial Initiative

Launched in 2002, the Ministerial Initiative provides an opportunity to identify and address challenges facing women in ministerial leadership positions and to increase their visibility both nationally and internationally.

Led by the Honorable Madeleine K. Albright, U.S. Secretary of State (1997-2001), the Ministerial Initiative has convened summits of ministers and other high level women leaders from diverse portfolios to address the most pressing issues of the day. Currently Chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden Margot Wallström, the Council’s Ministerial Initiatives are focused on three tematic areas:

  • The Ministerial Leadership Initiative for Global Health works to increase the leadership and capacity of ministers of health in five target countries of Nepal, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Senegal and Mali by enabling them to coordinate donor aid and establish equitable health budgeting for greater efficiency and impact.
  • The Ministerial Initiative for Environment is a vehicle for the Council to ensure that gender issues are raised in dealing with international environmental issues. With women comprising more than half the world’s population, the Ministers believe that women must maintain equitable participation in order to meet the complex environmental challenges of our time
  • Ministerial Initiative for culture encourages usage of diverse media, arts, and cultural resources for the strengthening of international relations, mutual understanding, security, and peace-building efforts.

  • The Madeleine K. Albright Women’s Voices at the Aspen Institute Series (2008 – 2011)

The Madeleine K. Albright Women’s Voices hosted global leaders and internationally acclaimed experts to discuss and debate policy issues, with an emphasis on the gender dimension of each issue, and suggested future actions for change

Last updated 2015.01.05 12:28