Women Political Leaders (WPL), the global network of female politicians, has teamed up with G(irls)20 and Western Union to present the #Girl2Leader campaign at the WPL Summit 2018 in Vilnius, Lithuania, on June 6-8.
Thanks to this cooperation, 20 young women from around the world will join nearly 30 Lithuanian students in interacting with female Heads of State and Government, Ministers, and Parliamentarians. Co-hosted by the Parliament of Lithuania, the WPL Summit 2018 is held under the patronage of Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of the Republic of Lithuania. The Girl2Leader activities will be attended by the campaign patron, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta.
"We are happy this partnership would allow for this great opportunity for girls, to meet inspiring women politicians from all over the world. I'm convinced meeting these accomplished women would make a difference in the girls' motivation and aspiration towards becoming a leader" said Silvana Koch-Mehrin, Founder and President of WPL.
"G(irls)20 believes that young women should have a strong voice in political spaces and, in partnership with WPL and Western Union, we are incredibly excited that #Girl2Leader will provide that at the WPL Summit in Vilnius." said Heather Barnabe, CEO of G(irls)20.
"These young women will have the opportunity to learn from a generation of pioneers, to gain mentorship and get one step closer to achieving their goals of meaningful and effective action while also influencing a new generation of girls to consider careers in politics and government." said Pia De Lima, Western Union's Vice President and Global Head of Communications.
The WPL Summit 2018 will welcome delegations from over 70 countries and close to 50 high level speakers. Confirmed speakers for the WPL Summit 2018 include Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, President of Croatia; Viorica Dăncilă, Prime Minister of Romania; Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile (2006-2010, 2014-2018), Helen Clark, Prime Minister of New Zealand (1999-2008); Yulia Tymoshenko, Prime Minister of Ukraine (2007-2010); and Aminata Toure, Prime Minister of Senegal (2013-2014).