It has been a month since commemorating the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day and the launch of the 2011 G(irls)20 Summit. We have been busy receiving delegate applications from all over the world as we prepare for the summit in Paris in October 2011.
The G(irls)20 Summit is modeled after the G20 – bringing together one delegate from each G20 country, plus a representative from the African Union. The delegates will debate, discuss and design innovative ideas that are necessary to empower girls and women globally. While the agenda is the same as that of the G20 leaders’ meeting and focuses on economic innovation, the participants are all girls, aged 18-20.
Just like at Girl Guides of Canada, the G(20) Summit is all about girls speaking out and taking action on what matters to them. The delegates participate in panel discussions, attend workshops (media relations, social media, business planning) and caucus meetings to discuss and promote tangible, scalable solutions toward economic prosperity, culminating with a communiqué that provides a blueprint on how to utilize and engage one of the best resources in the world – girls and women.
The impact of the G(irls)20 Summit has led to the development of girl-led initiatives including the establishment of a Girls Summit in Turkey, a mobile book library in Indonesia and a youth mentorship project in California. By providing both grassroots and high level ways to participate, the initiative has connected more than 25,000 girls, boys, women and men in over 50 countries through campaigns such as What’s Your Number?
If you are interested in participating please visit our website.
Delegate applications are due in one week on April 15, 2011. If you are a girl aged 18-20 living in a G20 country, please apply now!
By The Honourable Belinda Stronach, P.C.
Chair of The Belinda Stronach Foundation