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Western Union teams up with WPL to support girls in politics

Western Union teams up with WPL to support girls in politics

Western Union has teamed up with Women Political Leaders (WPL) to encourage more girls from around the world to consider careers and involvement in politics, with the goal of increasing female representation in political and government roles and driving greater diversity of thinking in policymaking and governance.

Western Union sponsored 21 young women - 20 from G(irls)20, an organization that places girls and women at the center of the G20 economic decision-making process, along with Sandra Uwiringiyimana, 23-year old author of “How Dare the Sun Rise,” - to attend the Women Political Leaders Summit, the foremost gathering of female politicians in the world. This year’s summit took place in Lithuania. 

Encouraging girls into political leadership 

This alliance allows girls to meet inspiring women politicians from all over the world, providing a significant opportunity to make a difference in the girls’ motivation and aspiration towards becoming leaders themselves.

Under the #Girl2Leader campaign, these young women had 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. The WPL Summit is the foremost global gathering of female political leaders. 

Delegates from more than 70 countries flocked to the summit, which saw close 50 high-level speakers take to the stage, including Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta; 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 Vaira Vike-Freiberga, President of Latvia (1999-2007).

 

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