LADY PRESIDENT OF SWITZERLAND
Switzerland changes its president every year. The president is chosen from seven members of the Swiss Federal Council. Doris Leuthard took this position twice, in 2010 and in 2017. She is the third woman president and the first woman president from the German-speaking part of Switzerland. Once she was recognized as the most popular politician and nicknamed ‘Queen Doris’ and ‘Superstar Leuthard’.
The future president studied law at the University of Zurich. Her first language is German, but Doris also knows French, Italian and English. Before being elected to the Swiss Federal Council in 2006, she headed the Christian Democratic People's Party. She also she served as the head of the Federal Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications and was the one who established Switzerland’s plan to withdraw from nuclear power after the Fukushima disaster in 2011.
As a transport minister, she contributed to the Gotthard Base Tunnel, the longest rail tunnel in the world.
In recent years, Doris provides active politics on working with China. Her efforts resulted in notable success, the two countries announced 2017 to be China-Switzerland Year of Tourism. The heads of two states personally were present when China and Switzerland signed 10 documents on cooperation in innovations, free trade and culture.
However, the president would not receive a nickname ‘Queen Doris’ apart from her care about all the Swiss citizens. She is very passionate about child migration. This trend is especially widespread in Benin, one of the poorest countries of the world. In search of work, children in this country go many kilometres from home. Doris Leuthard established an initiative according to which Switzerland donates to Benin 80 billion Swiss francs during next 3 years. She promised to support programs of basic education and vocational training for young people and to help fighting against exploitation of children.
In April 2017, Doris declared the Swiss Solidarity fundraising day for the victims of the famine in Somalia, Nigeria and South Sudan.
Moreover, the president combats discrimination on the basis of sex in Switzerland and abroad. She refuses to visit countries that do not respect women’s rights. Shortly before International Women's Day 2017, she claimed that Switzerland still had a lot to do with elimination of discrimination. According to her, more women should take male-dominated professions.
She is sure that since her first presidency in 2010, the number of problems in the world has increased. The number of conflicts and refugees now is significantly larger. However, more people managed to fight poverty. As a president, Doris Leuthard chooses the direction of development of her country. She wants her citizens to live in security and stability.
Nikolay Gavrilov, Agata Korovina, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community
Translated by Nikolay Gavrilov