Nature and Environmental Writer: Katie Byng-Hall Investigates The Rise Of Slovakia's First Female Leader
Photo by Bálint Kulcsár | Taken at High Tantras, Slovakia
On 15th June 2019, Zuzana Čaputová was elected Slovakia’s first female president. At 45 years old, she is also the youngest person to become president, and she aptly brings a range of progressive ideas to the role.
Before becoming president, Čaputová was a lawyer and environmental activist. She supports LGBTQ+ rights and reproductive rights, and she focuses on enforcing an anti-corruption ideology. Her role is mainly ceremonial, but she can block motions and appoint top judges as well as being the commander-in-chief of the armed forces. With this power, she hopes to eliminate the corruption that has been rife in Slovakia for many years, and implement a fairer justice system.
Progress for the Progressive
Slovakia has been a typically conservative country for