March 6, 2017

Inspiring Girls to roll in at the European Parliament

The European Parliament will host a career speed dating event on the eve of International Women’s Day that will gather 50 school girls and 12 high profile women working at the EU institutions in Brussels within the Inspiring Girls campaign.

The objetive is to expose the students – who come from seven different nationalities across Europe – to a selection of the wide range of jobs careers that they might have within the EU institutions such as the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of the EU.

The girls will be able to meet women who have been elected as MEPs, who work as advisers, researchers, lawyers, journalists or civil servants, among other professions.

The MEP Beatriz Becerra, from the ALDE Group, has said: “I am honoured to be able to bring the Inspiring Girls campaign into the European Parliament. It is very important for the EU Institutions to show young women that they can play a role shaping the future of the EU”.

After the career speed dating, the Inspiring Girls initiative will be presented at an official event with the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, as well as representatives from the EU institutions, the private sector, the media, Think Tanks and NGO’s.

See below our impressive list of mentors:

BEATRIZ BECERRA - MEMBER OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT Vice-Chair for the European Parliament’s subcommittee on Human Rights

Having graduated in Industrial Psychology, she completed her education with an MBA and several postgrads in Marketing Management, Human Resources and Non Profit Organisations. She developed her professional career in the sphere of marketing and communication during more than twenty years, as a CEO in big multinationals such as CBS, Paramount-Universal, Disney and Sony, as well as Action Against Hunger and as an independent consultant for Discovery Networks and The History Channel.
Besides being a contributor for several professional media, she participated as a lecturer in courses for CEOs and Marketing, Communication and Advertising MAs. She is also a novelist, having written and published three novels. Currently she is Member of the European Parliament within the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats of Europe. She is Vice-Chair for the European Parliament’s subcommittee on Human Rights and member of the Women’s rights committee among others.


Ms O'Reilly is a graduate of University College Dublin with a Degree in European Languages and Literature (1979) and holds a Graduate Diploma in Education from Trinity College Dublin (1980). She was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate in Laws by the National University in Ireland in 2008 for her work in promoting human rights throughout her career as a journalist and through her work as Ombudsman. In 2014 she was conferred a second time with an Honorary Doctorate of Law from University College Dublin in Ireland.
In the course of her journalistic career, she won two awards: Journalist of the Year and Woman Journalist of the Year.

MAGDALENA DVORAKOVA - NATO Head of the International Military Staff Office of the Gender Advisor

Lieutenant Colonel MAGDALENA DVORAKOVA, Czech Air Force, has been the Head of the International Military Staff Office of the Gender Advisor since October 2015. She joined the military as a conscript and then as a cadet of the Military University of Ground Forces in 1998. After completing her Master Degree in Economy at the University in 2004, she joined the Czech Air Force.


Dagmar is the Director of the Brussels office of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), part of UN Women. The UNIFEM Brussels office is responsible for resource mobilization, policy dialogue and advocacy with European Union institutions and selected EU member states.
Prior to joining UNIFEM Dagmar Schumacher worked at the Headquarters of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme in Bonn. From 1998 – 2002 she was working with UNDP in Hanoi, heading the Poverty and Social Development Unit.


Joanna Maycock is the EWL’s Secretary General since May 2014 and has 20 years’ professional experience in senior leadership and governance positions in the European and International Development NGO sector. For the past 12 years, she has worked in Brussels for ActionAid a global Federation working for a world free from poverty and injustice. Her most recent role at ActionAid was as Director for Country Coordination, and Head of Europe, and she is also a long-time board member and former President of CONCORD, the European Confederation of Development NGOs. Joanna also has an extensive experience working for migrant women’s rights at the International Organization for Migration. According with POLITICO she is one of the most influential leaders within the EU.


She was one of the first women to be part of the “Guardia Civil in Spain-Police-women” in 1988 when she was only 20 years old. In 1999 Carmen worked in Bosnia and Herzegovina on behalf of ONU in preventing and combating terrorism, drug trafficking and controlling the information about the rights of people under arrest. While working there she was injured during a terrorist attack.
In 2003 she started working at the European Council, facilitating links between Dr. SOLANA, and various institutions and authorities and providing briefing for Mr. SOLANA on Islamic terrorist`s activities and relevant political events.