Former EP Vice President to visit Gozo to inspire girls to lead
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The former European Parliament Vice President Silvana Koch-Mehrin, is in Malta and Gozo this week to take part in interactive workshops with girls, with the aim of encouraging them to consider a career in politics and imagine their future leadership potential.
In Gozo, Silvana Koch-Mehrin, who is the founder of the Women Political Leaders Global Forum (WPL),will be talking to girls at the Sir M.A. Refalo Sixth Form.
She will be working with the President’s Foundation of the Wellbeing of Society to sow the seeds of the exciting opportunities of political service, ahead of the Girl2Leader campaign being launched worldwide on October 11 – the International Day of the Girl Child.
President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca is the patron and ambassador of the #Girl2Leader Campaign. The organisers said that she is “working hard on ensuring that through these workshops young women are empowered to be political activists.”
“We must encourage girls and young women to make a contribution to good governance. Women’s contribution is essential to create a culture of positive peace and holistic wellbeing,” President Coleiro Preca said.
“Unfortunately, our influence is limited and just 22 per cent of all national parliamentarians are women. This inequality, this democratic deficit has an impact on the way policies and strategies are implemented. We need more women to take practical action on behalf of their communities. Let’s lead like a girl,” she added.
Ms Koch-Mehrin will between tomorrow and Wednesday be addressing girls attending the University of Malta, Mcast in Malta and the Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary, as well as in Gozo.
She said that her message is to “remind the world that women and girls are essential contributors to the long-term prosperity of our countries and to encourage them to contribute to a culture of positive peace in our communities and in our world.”