G(irls)20 was the first social profit enterprise to advocate that female labour force participation (FLFP) be a key element of G20 priorities and actions. The G(irls)20 Summit brings together one delegate from each G20 country, plus a representative from the European and African Unions, the MENA region, Afghanistan and Pakistan. In keeping with the G20 Turkey Presidency, a delegate from Azerbaijan, Singapore and Spain will also join this year's Summit. While the G(irls)20 delegates discuss the same topics as the G20 Leaders, the participants are all girls, aged 18-23. The 6th G(irls)20 Summit will be held on October 5th & 6th, 2015 in Istanbul. The focus of the 2015 Summit is to respond to the 2014 G20 Leaders commitment to create 100 million new jobs for women by the year 2025.

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The Symbolism Within Spain's New Legal Marrying Age

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2015 | 12:20 PM

The number of people under 16 getting married in Spain is minimal. Having said that, this year's modification of the Spanish civil code, which raised the legal minimum age for marriage from 14 to 16, is not in vain. Besides directly addressing specific grave practices such as forced...

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My Journey To Creating Access To Decent Work For Women In Africa

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2015 | 11:00 AM

I was two years old when my mother died of an illness that could have been prevented with the minimal proper care. I am certain that if she had had the resources, she would have tied the common line in my country -- fled abroad for better treatment. I grew...

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Why Are Women In Singapore Not Keen To Start A Family?

(1) Comments | Posted November 27, 2015 | 10:50 AM

With rising living costs in many countries, such as the United Kingdom, Norway and Singapore, it is no surprise that there seems to be a negative correlation between living cost and birth rates within countries. As the cost of living goes up, it gets tougher to support our own needs,...

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We Can Empower Women Through Education

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 11:51 AM

With the launch of Women20 (W20), the latest G20 engagement group to advance the economic empowerment of women, and with the G(irls)20 Summit in early October of 2015, what can G20 leaders do to economically engage and empower girls and women? Put simply, they...

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We Need To Remove Laws That Are Barriers To Gender Equality

(7) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 1:31 PM

My youngest sister is very ambitious. She is constantly thinking, musing, trying to figure what it is she can do to make a difference in the world.

One day we were discussing the weighty question that plagues most young people: "What should I be when I grow up?"

Playing the...

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A Long Way To Go For Gender Equality In South Korea

(1) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 2:38 PM

Until 120 years ago, the Confucianism concept, Nam-Jon-Yeo-Bi(男尊女卑) which translates to 'man is higher than woman' in English, was deeply rooted in Korean society. It was regarded as an accepted social norm for woman to depreciate themselves and respect their husbands. When American missionary Mary Scranton first came to Korea,...

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Leading The Way For Japanese Women In The Workforce

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 11:57 AM

Thirteen per cent. That is the percentage by which Japan's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) could be boosted if the number of women in the workforce was raised to equal the number of working men. This 13 per cent comes from a Goldman Sachs report, which discusses a number...

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A G20 Leader Who Walks The Talk

(124) Comments | Posted November 15, 2015 | 7:10 PM

It is what you would expect of a meeting of 300 business leaders and politicians; intense security, multiple languages all at once, firm handshakes and jockeying for the best seat in the house -- I think we call this organized chaos. 
Just 30 minutes earlier and thankfully...

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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun(damental) Human Rights

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2015 | 1:55 PM

Ironically, I started writing this column on August 26 -- Women's Equality Day. As much as I want to celebrate equality, many women have to struggle for this each day. The iconic line from Cyndi Lauper's song 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun' has now turned into 'Girls Just...

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Changing The Role Of Indonesian Women Will Take A Paradigm Shift

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 10:29 AM

In the past decade, Indonesia has progressed in terms of female labour force participation. However, only 51 per cent of Indonesian women are currently engaged in the labour force.

Unfortunately, the reality is that many highly educated women in Indonesia do not use their skills towards employment....

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Catalyzing Female Labour Force Participation In Pakistan

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2015 | 1:43 PM

Pakistan is a diverse country and females account for a large portion of the population. Recently, it has becoming increasingly difficult to discuss the challenges that Pakistani women face. After all, Pakistani women have won Nobel Prizes and Oscars; they have scaled Mount Everest and play cricket in international tournaments;...

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Does The B20 International Business Summit Have Concrete Impact

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2015 | 12:49 PM

Within the past decade, awareness of the business world towards the need to empower women in the economy and workplace increased steadily. This awareness was surely inflamed by the alarming statistics on the gender gap within the economic realm. According to World Economic Forum's 2014 Gender Gap report, the

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Encouraging Attitudes That Cultivate Female Leadership

(2) Comments | Posted November 5, 2015 | 3:56 PM

A new academic year, a fresh start, getting back into routines, digging out school uniforms and committing to "new [academic] year's resolutions" like we will always walk to school, never drive (unless raining/snowing/late); we will always do homework as soon as we get it (and not at the last possible...

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Investing In Gender Diversity Yields Strong Returns

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2015 | 12:05 PM

Despite the grandeur of castles and the glittered allure of tiaras, as a child I never dreamed of becoming a Disney princess. Rather, I swapped ball gowns for scabbed knees and traded in a fairy godmother for a sense of personal agency. I thirsted for innovation and the opportunity to...

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The Same Job, But a Different Paycheque?

(1) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 6:09 PM

Let's imagine something.

If you took two different individuals and gave them exactly the same amount of work, it will only be logical to pay them exactly the same amount of money, right? Even more so if they are both productive and have great outcomes.

Now, let's name them...

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By Empowering Women, We Can Work Toward Alleviating Poverty

(1) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 5:33 PM

Born into a progressive Indian family, I was encouraged to have a career and be independent. I grew up with great opportunities to learn about myself, travel and have a wholesome childhood and now adulthood.

Millions of Indian girls do not have this opportunity and there is discrimination at...

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What Turkey Hosting the G20 Summit Means to Me

(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2015 | 6:27 PM

In November 2015, Turkey will host the G20 Summit, the premier global platform for economic and financial growth. The summit will bring together the leaders of the world's major economies to deal with the biggest economic challenges. Having the G20 Summit in Turkey is a valuable opportunity in...

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Fathers Should Be the Heroes Who Empower Their Daughters

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 8:01 AM

As my hero, Maya Angelou, wryly observed: "I am grateful to be a woman. I must have done something good in another life!"

I am also very aware that I'm lucky in many other ways... The life I live today -- my home in Belgium combined with an exciting...

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Women Don't Want Privilege, They Want Equality

(2) Comments | Posted September 15, 2015 | 5:22 PM

Whenever I'm asked about women empowerment, I always say the same thing: I believe with all my heart that the 21st century is the era of women. The most important trend in today's world is the rise of female participation in the labour force. This is both an inevitable trend...

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Can 10 Words Really Impact 100 million Women?

(0) Comments | Posted August 31, 2015 | 5:38 PM

"Bring more than 100 million women into the labor force." These 10 words represent the commitment of 10 Presidents, 10 Prime Ministers and one Chancellor to increase female labour force participation (FLFP) in the name of economic growth. It has been almost one year since G20 Leaders made...

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