Dalia Grybauskaitė, the President of the Republic of Lithuania and Chair of the Council of Women World Leaders.
‘This year Lithuania celebrates two centenaries: a hundred years of the Independence and a hundred years of the suffrage right for Lithuanian women. Both occasions highlight courage and determination to follow a dream and make it a reality.
Today we enjoy the benefits of those big dreams. Yet we have a responsibility to take them even further and dream bigger. IT’S ABOUT TIME. WE HAVE 100 REASONS TO ACT. It is easier to do it with those who are likeminded.
It is a big honor and joy to welcome more than two hundred women and men from all over the world in Vilnius. WPL Summit 2018 provides excellent opportunities to exchange ideas, experiences and aspirations. And Lithuania, a living proof of a dream coming true, is the perfect place for inspiration.’
Her Excellency Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta
‘It is an honour to extend my patronage to the #Girl2Leader Campaign, a global campaign of the Women Political Leaders Global Forum. For Malta, I’m happy to announce that it is in collaboration with the President’s Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society, the Network of Young Women Leaders, and the University of Malta’s Student Council (KSU). I am pleased to announce that, on the 11th October 2017, parallel events will be held in Brussels and Malta, to welcome the #Girl2Leader campaign. These will coincide with the launch of “emPOWer”, Malta’s national platform of women’s organisations. I am confident that, through our various initiatives, we are actively working together to strengthen the voices of all girls and young women, to embrace professional opportunities in a variety of sectors, to improve their skills, and to reach their goals. I truly believe that it is only by working in synergy, combining our different capacities and abilities, that we can ensure a future of equity and equality for people of all genders. Let me encourage us all to continue to lead by example, to ensure that our girls and young women will have the necessary role models to follow, in the process of achieving their aspirations.’