Pres­i­dent Coleiro Preca awarded ‘Agent of Change’ award by UN Women

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Pres­i­dent of Malta MarieLouise Coleiro Preca has been awarded the ‘Agent of Change’ award by the United Na­tions and UN Women. The award, pre­sented by Deputy Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of UN Women Lak­shmi Puri, was given for the first time this year as recog­ni­tion to women lead­ers who have, through their work, proven to be cham­pi­ons of gen­der equal­ity and women’s em­pow­er­ment.

In her ac­cep­tance speech, Pres­i­dent Coleiro Preca re­it­er­ated her in­ten­tion to con­tinue work­ing in favour of gen­der equal­ity, stat­ing that she will not be happy if in Malta ‘‘there would be full equal­ity, and some­where around the world there will be just one woman who would be suf­fer­ing from dis­crim­i­na­tion’’.

The Pres­i­dent in­sisted that it is time to move from words to ac­tion, ad­ding that there should be a gen­eral sense of de­ter­mi­na­tion across the board, so that Goal num­ber 5 of the Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment 2030 Agenda is reached, for the ben­e­fit of present and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

Pres­i­dent Coleiro Preca ded­i­cated this award to all Mal­tese chil­dren, and those chil­dren fac­ing daily strug­gles in search of free­dom and a bet­ter life.

The ‘Agent of Change’ award was also pre­sented to Prime Min­is­ter of Bangladesh Sheikh Haz­ina Wazed, and to the First Lady of the United Na­tions Ban Soon-taek.

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