Apply now for G(irls) 20 Summit

The 2013 Summit will focus on jobs, growth and investment and how G-20 Leaders can economically empower the world’s greatest untapped resource: 3.5 billion girls and women.

Applications are now being accepted for the 4th G(irls)20 Summit will take place next June in Russia. The Summit is open to young women, 18-20 years of age from G-20 member countries, the European Union and the African Union. Applicants will be evaluated and chosen based on their vision of leadership, personal triumph and their ability to find innovative solutions to economic challenges.

Modelled after the G-20, the G(irls)20 Summit brings together one girl from each G-20 country and one girl from the African Union on an annual basis just prior to the G-20 Leaders meeting. This GLOBAL meeting has an agenda that is similar to that of the G-20 Leaders, however, the participants are emerging leaders, girls aged 18 to 20 years.

Delegates will discuss the very issues the G-20 Leaders are discussing, but do it with a different lens: how do we economically empower girls and women globally so they can contribute to the economic growth and social stability of their communities and countries.

At the end of 10 days, through workshops and debate, the delegates are equipped with new skills including: media and communications, business planning, leadership, technical knowledge, etc. The Summit culminates in a communiqu? and a delegate-led press conference that provides the G-20 leaders with innovative solutions to global challenges.

The delegates will be encouraged to return home and put their ideas into action by starting their own initiative to empower girls and women or supporting an already existing programme or project partner. Three summits have taken place to date — Toronto (2010), Paris (2011) and Mexico City (May 2012).

Key partners include: Google, Norton Rose, NoVo Foundation, Acad?mie Diplomatique Internationale (ADI), AIMIA, Athena Centre for Leadership, The Belinda Stronach Foundation, Engineers Without Borders, Help…We’ve Got Kids, International Centre for Research on Women, K20, MBA Women, Plan, Tech Needs Girls, WASH Canada, Women Deliver, World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, World Summit Awards, World YWCA, among others.

Please contact the Internationale Commissioner, Kurlyne Alleyne for more information.

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