Dalia Grybauskaite, President of Lithuania and Chairman of the Council reportedly feels that to achieve gender equality and other sustainable development goals, the leadership of women is necessary. She said this in relation to the expansion of the members’ list.
With the addition of new members, the Council now has a total of 63 women world leaders.
Along with Pratibha Patil, ten other members have accepted the invitation to join the council. They are Joyce Banda, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, Paula Cox, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, Kersti Kaljulaid, Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, Theresa May, Simonetta Sommaruga and Erna Solberg.
Pratibha Patil is the first female President of India, who served from 2007 to 2012. She was also the Governor of Rajasthan from 2004 to 2007.
Patil entered politics and joined the Indian National Congress in 1962 as a member of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, before becoming deputy chairman of the Rajya Sabha from 1986 to 1988. She had won a seat in the Rajya Sabha in 1985