President Emeritus Marie Louise Coleiro Preca elected President of European children’s rights network
President Emeritus Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, who is also chairperson of the Malta Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society, has been chosen to head Eurochild, a prestigious children’s rights advocacy network with over 170 members in 34 countries.
The Eurochild General Assembly in Brussels today elected Coleiro Preca as Eurochild president in light of the fact that she has always been instrumental in giving children a voice and for her tireless dedication to the well-being of society’s most vulnerable.
Eurochild is a network of organisations working with and for children throughout Europe, striving for a society that respects the rights of children.Eurochild works to influence policies within Europe’s main institutions.
Ahead of the next month’s European Elections, Eurochild is campaigning for a European Parliament that stands for children with the Vote for Children campaign.
President Emeritus Coleiro Preca stated that she is honoured to take on the role and said that during her time as both Family and Social Solidarity Minister and as President of Malta, child participation was always at the centre of her endeavours.
“I would like to use my time as president of this prestigious organisation to ensure that child participation really takes off on a pan-European level, bringing greater attention to the voice of children. I believe Europe can play a leading role globally here too,” President Emeritus Coleiro Preca stated.
In 2014, Ms Coleiro Preca had set up the President’s Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society — now the Malta Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society.