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President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid talked with Ivanka Trump about Estonia`s e-governance

President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid talked with Ivanka Trump about Estonia`s e-governance © Office of the President of Estonia

15.02.2019

President Kersti Kaljulaid met today with Ivanka Trump, the adviser to the President of the United States to discuss the empowerment of women and introduced Estonia`s digigirls initiatives.

“Right now, our lives are being influenced and transformed by robotics, algorithms and AI. When talking about women’s empowerment, we should act fast because we need new kind of empowerment. Technology is a great equalizer and we need to make up for all of those kilometers that separate women from an equally free choice of benefitting from technological developments globally,” President Kaljulaid said during the meeting.

“In Estonia we are dealing with issues of how to empower, support and educate girls in learning to use technology already from a very young age, so programming would be as ordinary for them as riding a bicycle,” the President of Estonia explained and talked about Estonia`s initiatives like Digigirls and HK Unicorn Squad that are aimed at raising and supporting girl`s and women`s interest in IT. The President added that this could be advanced globally from Africa to Pacific.

Ivanka Trump`s initiative Women in Global Development and Prosperity (WGDP) was also discussed at the meeting and how to boost the best practices of US and Estonia globally. President Kaljulaid also gave an overview of her activities as a co-chair of Every Woman, Every Child movement, which advocates for the health of women, children and adolescents.

President Kersti Kaljulaid is participating at the annual Munich Security Conference, where she will be taking part in a discussion on the future of Ukraine and speaking at the Young Leaders Forum about technological diplomacy. This afternoon President Kaljulaid will be taking part in a public debate entitled NATO@70, looking back on the past seven decades of the alliance and discussing how the world has adapted to the changed security situation with NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller and the National Defense Minister of Portugal, João Gomes Cravinho.


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