Political leaders across Paraguay had their positions taken over by girls for the International day of the Girl, 11 October. The girls called on the leaders to break down the barriers preventing them from exercising their rights and accessing leadership positions.
The takeovers were organised by Plan International Paraguay alongside the government and were part of a global day of action for girls’ rights with over 300 takeovers taking place in more than 50 countries.
Among the 40 leaders who had their positions taken over were Vice-President Juan Afara, the President of Congress, the President of the Senate and the Ministers of Women, Social Security, Education, Health and External Relations.
We want to be more than simply having children and taking care of household chores
This significant number of government figures took part in the takeovers to show their support for girls’ equality and for women in leadership positions. Employment Minister Guillermo Sosa said: “We believe that women can do anything. Whoever says that women should stay in the home is wrong.”
Girls become official ministers
President Horacio Cartes inaugurated the girls as official ministers for the day before a discussion where they shared their views on the plight of girls in the country and the steps required to achieve equality.
“We want more investment in education, safer schools and more opportunities," said Daneli, Minister of Education for the day.
"We want women and men to be equal. We want to be more than simply having children and taking care of household chores,” added Araceli, who took over the position of Minister for Women.
In addition to key political figures having their positions taken over in Paraguay, a number of leading private companies and media outlets were also led by girls for the day.