At the invitation of President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Theresa May joined the Council of Women World Leaders.
According to the Chair of the Council of Women World Leaders, President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė, personal examples of responsible leadership are very important in encouraging more women to pursue their aspirations and take the highest positions of decision-making in business and politics.
Upon accepting the invitation Prime Minister Theresa May expressed her firm belief that democratic institutions make the best decisions when they have a mix of people with different skills, backgrounds and experiences. Increasing women’s political participation helps to give a voice to the marginalised sections of society, creates female role models, and leads to legislative change and policies that tackle gender inequalities and discrimination.
Prime Minister Theresa May became the 61st member of the Council of Women World Leaders.
Since President Dalia Grybauskaitė became the Chair of the Council of Women World Leaders, the Council has expanded to include President of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, President of Malta Marie-Louise Preca, President of the Republic of Mauritius Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, former President of India Pratihba Patil, former President of Malawi Joyce Banda, former President of Switzerland Simonetta Sommaruga, Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Namibia Saara Kuugongelwa – Amadhila, and former Prime Minister of Bermuda Paula Ann Cox.
Prior to becoming Prime Minister, Theresa May served as Home Secretary. She has been involved in politics at all levels for many years and was first elected to Parliament in 1997. Theresa May is the second woman Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.