This year's Women Political Leaders Summit will take place in Vilnius, Lithuania, on 6-8 June.

The WPL Summit is the foremost global gathering of female political leaders. This year's event is co-hosted by Seimas, the Parliament of Lithuania, and will bring together women Heads of State and Government, Ministers, Parliamentarians and Mayors from all over the world. The WPL Summit 2018 is held under the patronage of Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of the Republic of Lithuania, and in cooperation with the Council of Women World Leaders (CWWL).

EIGE  is an official partner of the WPL Summit in Vilnius and is also organising two sessions during the event: 

7 June at 16:00 - What are the benefits of a gender-sensitive parliament?

EIGE has developed a tool that helps parliaments to assess and monitor gender equality within their organisations. This session will discuss the benefit of having a gender equal parliament and how EIGE’s tool can support such change in the European Union and beyond to bring more gender equality. Join the discussion to find out what it takes to become a leader in gender equality in the political sphere.

8 June at 13:30 - Digitalisation: opportunities and risks for girls and boys

According to EIGE’s research, currently only 17 % out of the 8 million ICT specialists in the European Union are women. The relative absence of women is strongly connected to the perception of the ICT sector as a playground for men. At the same time, there is strong and constantly growing demand for ICT specialists. Forecasts predict a shortage of more than 700,000 ICT specialists by 2020 in the EU. This session looks at digitalisation from two angles: digital skills as a key component in the future of work; and the online world as a channel to participate in political and social life. Join us to discuss how to avoid the ICT skills shortage,  how to tap into women’s potential and encourage girls to take an interest in ICT early on. We will also look at the main challenges and opportunities for girls and boys in the online world and how these could be addressed.

You can get more information about the summit (including speakers, programme and practical information) here.

Presentations from the event and programme of the event are available under the RESOURCES tab.

Photos from the event will be available under the PHOTOS tab. 

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