President Holds Ceremonial Lunch to Mark International Women’s Day

President Andrej Kiska with his female guests on the occasion of International Women's Day on March 8 (photo by TASR)

Bratislava, March 8 (TASR) – President Andrej Kiska at Presidential Palace on Tuesday organised a lunch for ten women from various social groups and regions to mark International Women’s Day, and debate about the weekend’s general election and the women’s perspective of Slovakia.

“March 8 is a day when we should be nicer and better towards our other halves. But I believe that we should be such every day,” said Kiska, who believes that women have it more difficult in life than men.

“Each of them wants to have her own career and at the same time they care for our families. This is why they deserve respect not only on March 8, but throughout the year,” said the president.

The invited women included a doctor, teacher, laureate of the White Crow anti-corruption award, scientist, mediator for the Vietnamese community, Lutheran pastor, blogger, a representative of the disabled, Roma journalist and female soldier.

“I asked each of them a ‘wicked’ question – what they would suggest me to focus on as president over the next year,” said Kiska. The women allegedly proposed him to be an unifying element in politics, and ensure that young people don’t desert Slovakia, for example. “I also was given the task of doing some sports at least four times a week for 30 minutes each. I was told that I’ll feel better and the country then will feel better as well,” added the president.