To mark the International Day of the Girl on Tuesday, October 11, the Conseil National will welcome high school students from all the lycées in Monaco. The aim is to encourage young girls to visit their parliament and learn from female MPs about their experiences.

“It’s a unique opportunity for all the students present to learn more about the role and importance of women in politics and the specific challenges they face,” said Vibeke Thomsen, founder of SheCanHeCan.

On the invitation of Ms Brigitte Boccones-Pages, the first female President of the Conseil National and Ms Nathalie Amoratti-Blanc, President of the Commission for the Rights of Women and Family, key officials including Ms Isabelle Bonnal, Commissioner in charge of Education, Youth and Sports and Ms Celine Cottalorda, Interministerial Delegate in charge of Women’s Rights in Monaco will participate in the event, as will several elected officials from the Town Hall.

All the students will have the opportunity to ask questions and share their ideas about the role of women in politics. They will also learn more about the role and history of the Conseil National, as well as the history and challenges faced by female politicians globally, Ms Thomsen said.

The 2022 international theme is “Our time is now: our rights, our future,” and according to Ms Thomsen “it is crucial to call on elected officials to address factors which might still hold girls back in their countries and to call on all officials to make the targeted investments to tackle inequalities still experienced by girls”.


PHOTO: Ms Brigitte Boccones-Pages, President of the Conseil National