German Ambassador in Ukraine, Girl2Leader speaker Anka Feldhusen called upon Ukrainian girls to be active and not be afraid to make difficult choices. Being a leader means having a will to make changes and the wisdom to decide so, Feldhusen said. She added that this might sound simple but is difficult to implement. The Ambassador believes women approach power differently than men: it’s easier for them to reach a compromise and they are better team players. The longer she works with diplomats, the less she likes men’s chauvinism, Ms. Feldhusen said.
According to the Ambassador, the best teams are those that are gender-balanced, being one-half female and one-half male. For all have their personal approaches to decision-making, Ms. Feldhusen said.
On Oct. 11, 2019, the International day of girls, Girl2Leader Ukraine campaign organized its second annual event. 40 girls from 23 regions of Ukraine, the winners of the national selection contest, participated in a round table with women leaders.
Girl2Leader Ambassador in Ukraine is MP Yuliia Lovochkina.
The event speakers in 2019 included German Ambassador in Ukraine Anka Feldhusen, Girl2Leader Ambassador and Government Authorized Representative on Gender Politics Kateryna Levchenko, MP Nelli Yakovlieva, and actress Olena Kurta.
In 2018, winners of the Girl2Leader Ukraine national selection contest attended a round table in the Ukrainian parliament and were able to do internship in the Verkhovna Rada and engage in other projects.
The global campaign Girl2Leader was launched by the international NGO Women Political Leaders Global Forum (WPL). The WPL the global network of female politicians who work on high-level positions and participate in decision-making. The WPL members include Croatia’s President Kolinda Grabar Kitarović, Lithuania’s President Dalia Grybauskaite (2009–2019), Malta’s President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca (2014–2019), Romania’s Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă, Iceland’s Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir, and others.
Every year on the International Day of the Girl, observed on Oct. 11, Girl2Leader campaign organizes events for girl leaders in the European Parliament and the national parliaments of member countries.