PRESS RELEASE BY THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT: President Coleiro Preca appointed patron and ambassador of the Girl2Leader international campaign

The President of Malta has been appointed patron and ambassador of the Girl2Leader international campaign, launched by the Women Political Leaders Global Forum (WPL).

With the slogan ‘Lead like a Girl!’ this initiative seeks to get more girls involved in politics.

The key day of the campaign will take place on the International Day of the Girl, on 11 October 2017, in at least seven countries worldwide, in cooperation with media partners and a social media campaign.

On this day, female parliamentarians from around the world host a group of girls in order to give them a personal introduction to politics for a ‘day in the life of’ experience.

Girl2Leader takes place under the patronage of the President of Malta Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca. The Equality Fund of Iceland supports the campaign financially.

Girl2Leader wants to empower young girls (age 14-17) to get active in politics. Why? Still today, even if women are half of the population, political decisions are mostly made by men �only 22% of national parliamentarians are women. To initiate change, we should start early: with young girls. For most of them, working in politics may not be something that they consider doing in their lives. In order to address this, #Girl2Leader seeks to raise awareness on how women can and should play an important role in the political decision-making process and in the public sphere.

Source: Government of Malta