NICOLA Sturgeon will be in Italy on Monday at two-day summit dedicated to driving gender equality, protecting women's rights, and tackling climate change.

The First Minister has been invited to Bellagio to the Global Women Leader's Summit, hosted by The Rockefeller Foundation and the Georgetown Institute for Women and Peace.

The event began in 2017, when Pat Mitchell and Ronda Carnegie, co-founders of TEDWomen, brought together a diverse range of female leaders from around the world to The Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center with the purpose of developing a women leaders’ perspective on global priorities.

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A core group of global leaders called Connected Women Leaders was set up in 2017, with others being invited along in 2019 who could lead problem-solving sessions in areas of climate justice, global health, and food security.

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The event takes place in Bellagio, Italy. Photograph: RiccardoT

After a two-year break due to the pandemic, the summit will be held again on Monday and Tuesday and Sturgeon has been asked along to offer her insight into the three topics she hasn't ever shied away from. 

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A spokesperson for the Rockefeller Foundation said: "Around the globe, women are emerging as forces for positive change. In every corner of society, they are taking seats at tables where decisions are made, questioning the way things have always been done, and offering fresh perspectives and vital innovations for the most pressing issues of our time.

"Women are connecting with each other as the challenges of our times demand - creating networks of support and sharing learning and experiences, as well as inspiration.

"Despite their differences, members of Connected Women Leaders share a common and urgent vision where more women come into positions of leadership and power, and importantly, change the very nature of how power is defined and shared for the benefit of all communities.

"The space and time afforded by The Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center has been critical to the growth of Connected Women Leaders and of the individual women within the organization."