As part of the International Women's Day 2016 a call for nominations for Geneva-based inspirational women working to protect the environment was launched in February 2016. A total of 160 submissions were received, including women working for inter-governmental, non-governmental, governmental and business organizations, academic institutions and civil society. A committee selected 20 of these inspirational women to be part of an exhibition celebrating their achievements, launched on 8 March 2016, on the occasion of International Women’s Day. Lisa MAZZONE was among the 20 women selected.
Lisa, born in Geneva in 1988, started her political career very young. In 2006, she founded and became President of the Youth Parliament in Versoix, her native village. In 2008, Lisa joined PRO VELO, the Swiss Bicycle Advocacy Association, first as an activist, but soon after as coordinator of the Association. During this period, Lisa graduated from University with a Bachelors degree in French and Latin language and literature. She also started her career as a Green politician. After a few years of activism with the Young Greens, Lisa was elected first as City Council member of Grand-Saconnex and later as member of the Cantonal Parliament of Geneva. In 2014, she became President of the Green Party of the Canton of Geneva. Last October, she was elected and became the youngest member of the Swiss Parliament. Through her work, Lisa has emphasized her commitment to sustainable mobility, gender equality, cleaner energy production and fairer asylum and immigration policies.