The empowerment of girls and women is one of the most effective tools for economic, political and social development. With 3.5 billion girls and women in the world, it is imperative to the economic growth and political stability of countries that they are included in the decision making process. As we look for innovative, sustainable and socially responsible solutions to global economic and social challenges, the involvement of half the world’s population can make a significant difference.
To highlight the prowess of girls and women and their role in development and innovation, two weeks prior to the G20 leaders meeting in Mexico, twenty-one girls, one from each G20 country plus representatives from the European and African Unions, will come together for the third G(irls)20 Summit. The G(irls)20 Summit themes will parallel the themes of the G20 leaders meeting.
Delegates will participate in panel discussions, attend workshops on subjects such as media relations, social media and business planning, and caucus to discuss and promote tangible, scalable solutions toward economic prosperity. The Summit culminates in a delegate-led press conference and communiqué that provides a blueprint to G20 leaders on how to utilize and engage one of the best resources in the world – girls and women.
If you are a passionate, forward thinking, solution oriented young woman from a G20 country or can represent the European or African Union and will be 18-20 years of age at the time of the Summit (May 29th to June 4th), you are invited to apply.
The Belinda Stronach Foundation in partnership with a number of private sector companies are committed to ensuring that the experience is accessible to all, and will be assisting with the costs of the Summit for delegates selected to attend, including flights and accommodations.
The G(irls)20 2012 Summit application phase opened on November 28th, 2011 and will close at 11:59 pm EST on January 16th, 2012.