Prince Albert II unites hopes with wishing tree activity at PowHer’s opening

Prince Albert II and Princess Stéphanie inaugurated Monaco’s new International Women’s Day celebration, PowHer, featuring workshops, discussions, and cultural celebrations dedicated to women’s rights and empowerment.

Monaco marked International Women’s Day on Friday 8th March with the new all-encompassing event at Espace Léo Ferré, inaugurated by Prince Albert II and Princess Stéphanie, and organised by the Committee for Women’s Rights.

Prince Albert II took part in the emotionally-charged wishing tree activity, where guests were encouraged to hang cards adorned with their aspirations for women’s rights on a tree, creating a powerful symbol of communal desire for equality.

The discussions explored women’s leadership in both the public and private sectors, featuring a roundtable with prominent participants such as Françoise Gamerdinger, the Director of Cultural Affairs, Christine Pasquier-Ciulla, National Councillor and President of the Family Rights and Equality Commission, and Céline Cottalorda, Interministerial Delegate for Women’s Rights.

Prince Albert II and Princess Stephanie at the opening ceremony of PowHer, photo credits: Frédéric Nebinger / Palais princier

Another highlight was the speed mentoring session, #GirlBoss, aimed at empowering the Principality’s young women aged 11 to 25. This initiative, spearheaded by the Women Business Leaders of Monaco and SheCanHeCan, offered valuable guidance and advice from a panel of accomplished female leaders, demonstrating the importance of mentorship in achieving professional success.

See also: Monaco to host Speed Mentoring event for girls on International Women’s Rights Day

The event also featured creative and expressive activities, including poetry readings and debates. The improvisation workshop on cyber violence, led by Action Innocence Monaco, addressed the pressing issue of online harassment and its impact on women, illustrating the multifaceted nature of the fight for women’s rights.

Closing the event was a concert by Nalla, accompanied by guitarist Florent Garcia, which provided a fitting end to the day. The International Women’s Day celebration in Monaco highlighted the Principality’s ongoing efforts to address gender equality and empower women across all spheres of life.

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Photo credit: Frédéric Nebinger / Palais princier