Editorial

This is how we celebrated the International Day of the Girl

October 11 was the International Day of the Girl. W Insight celebrated it by partnering with the Girl2Leader campaign in Poland, an offshoot of the international event connecting political leaders with adolescent girls to encourage them to aspire to the highest positions in politics. The campaign was launched by the non-partisan Women Political Leaders Global Forum (WPL). It was hosted in 15 countries by local women politicians aiming to give participants a personal introduction to politics and empower them to be the next generation of leaders.

Anna Maria Anders hosted the inaugural Polish event of the Girl2Leader campaign. Currently a Senator and Secretary of State responsible for International Dialogue, she organized the event for 21 Polish girls aged 14 to17.

The meeting at the Senate started with a video conference with participants in other countries’ parliaments. The common theme of the comments of girls from countries such as Malaysia, Poland, Romania or Ukraine was the need for the fair representation of women and men in public institutions. 

The full-day event, filled with workshops about effective communication, negotiation and presentation skills concluded with a panel discussion with female leaders representing both political and business fields in Poland, including deputy speaker of the Senate Maria Koc, Senator Jadwiga Rotnicka and acting President of the National Agency of Entrepreneurship, Jadwiga Lesisz.

W Insight talked to Senator Anders about her motivations to organize the event, the impact the campaign might have in the region and her path to public life.

Read the full interview here.

  • About the International Day of the Girl 

Started by the United Nations, it aims to increase awareness of gender inequality, which includes access to education, nutrition, legal rights, medical care, and child marriage.

UNESCO estimates that 130 million girls between the ages of 6 and 17 are out of school and 15 million girls of primary-school age—half of them in sub-Saharan Africa— will never enter a classroom.

See photos from the campaign below:

 

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**The featured photo by Michał Grzegorczyk

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