#Girl2Leader is a global initiative with the aim of empowering girls worldwide. This year, on the International Day of the Girl, #Girl2Leader delegates from 21 countries will have the opportunity to hear personal stories of how women leaders in their country got involved in politics and to ask them questions on leadership. The programmes will then vary by location, but all the girls will get to be part of a Global Video Conference Call connecting them to all #Girl2Leader delegates participating in simultaneous campaign events around the world.
On 11th of October 2018, there will be #Girl2Leader campaign events in Albania, Bolivia, Canada, Guinea, Ireland, Kenya, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Poland, Romania, Rwanda, Serbia, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA and at the European Parliament where nine Members of the European Parliament from Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, Ireland, Latvia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom will be co-hosting a campaign event.
The #Girl2Leader campaign encourages girls to consider a future in leadership and aims to get more girls involved in politics by connecting them with female politicians. #Girl2Leader was launched in 2017 by the Women Political Leaders Global Forum (WPL) under the distinguished patronage of the President of Malta, H. E. Marie Louise Coleiro-Preca.
With the slogan “Lead Like A Girl!” this initiative seeks to change the narrative and get more girls (age 14-17) active in leadership and politics. Why? Still today, even with women being 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 girls. For most of them, getting involved in politics is not something they consider doing in their lives. To address this, #Girl2Leader seeks to raise awareness about how women can and should play an important role in the political decision-making process and in the public sphere.
Social media are at the heart of this campaign, with the goal of reaching girls around the globe. #Girl2Leader and #LeadLikeAGirl are the main hashtags. So far, #Girl2Leader has reached more than 300 female politicians and more than 300 girls at its events, and received the support from many others through video messages and social media posts. On the day of the launch of the campaign, the #Girl2Leader hashtag attracted a mobilisation of more than half a million impressions.