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First ‘Young Women Ambassadors’ project concluded

Students participating in the first project of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs ‘Young Women Ambassadors’ completed the informal educational programme on 30 January 2020. They were received by the President of the Republic and presented with project certificates.

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Group photo | Author Daniel Novakovič/STA.

The ‘Young Women Ambassadors’ mentoring programme was launched in March 2019 on the initiative of former State Secretary Simona Leskovar in cooperation with Slovenian and foreign women ambassadors in Ljubljana. The participants were offered a unique insight into diplomatic activities, the process of addressing current global issues, and Slovenia's activity in different fields of international relations, protocol and consular affairs, promotional activities and the economy, education and science, finance and taxes, and safety and international relations, as well as international activities of the Police, the parliamentary dimension, civil society and the media.

The President of the Republic, Borut Pahor, welcomed the participants and their mentors at the ceremony in the Presidential Palace. He urged them to pursue their dreams and to be ambitious.

The ‘Young Women Ambassadors’ programme, which is supported by the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, and the Office for Youth, aims to be recognised by the wider society. Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Education, Science and Sport, Dr Jernej Pikalo, and the Director of the Office for Youth, Tin Kampl, presented the students with certificates. The Minister expressed a desire to see more projects of this kind, since society progresses the fastest if its individuals reach their full potential.

At the end of the project, Ambassador Leskovar thanked all the Slovenian representatives and the institutions who support such an important endeavour as the empowerment of the young, especially women, with their time, generosity and engagement. Ambassador Leskovar stated that at the end of the programme she was most satisfied with “the connection and new friends the participants from across Slovenia had made, and the knowledge that they had been given the possibility and opportunity to realise the importance of women in the decision-making process in all kinds of international and personal relations.” On behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she expressed special thanks to the women ambassadors, mentors of the programme, who set an example to young generations, encouraging them with their dedication and activities.

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