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The G(irls)20 Summit brings together one delegate from each G20 country, plus a representative from the European Union and African Union. The delegates debate, discuss and design innovative ideas necessary to improve the growth of communities, countries and companies by empowering girls and women globally and present these ideas to G20 Leaders. The participants are all girls, aged 18-20. This year’s summit takes place June 15 to 19.

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Why I Want More Disruption in My Life

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 12:50 PM

Over the next few days I will be in Chicago for the Women Leading Philanthropy Symposium. In the most positive sense possible, I hope that the symposium will have a high degree of disruption. In my world, disruption can lead to change and advancement. Let me explain.

Until recently, the...

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How Brazil's Women Are Rising to the Top

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 5:25 PM

By Lara Ezequiel, 2013 G(irls)20 Summit Delegate, Representing Brazil

Nowadays in Brazil, women are better able to guarantee their place in the economy, labor market, universities and politics. This can be attributed to the country's new stage of development. Women who are taking part in this growth are making a...

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A Reflection on China's Occupy Male Bathrooms Movement

(1) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 12:30 PM

By Helen Wai-sze Leung, 2013 G(irls)20 Summit Delegate, Representing China

I still remember sitting in a politics class on feminism, slightly amused when discussing China's "Occupy Male Bathrooms" movement. Although we have the equal number of cubicles, the architect of the bathroom did not take into account our biological...

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Creating Opportunities for First Nations Girls and Women

(1) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 12:02 PM

By Morgane Richer La Fleche, 2013 G(irls)20 Summit Delegate, Representing Canada

As the Canadian delegate to the G(irls)20 Summit, I was proud to represent a country that continues to make strides in narrowing the gender gap in both opportunities and achievements. In fact, a recent Group of 20 survey...

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G(irls)20: Women and the Trouble With Economics

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 12:13 PM

By Elly Mawson, 2013 G(irls)20 Summit Delegate, Representing the United Kingdom

I am Elly Mawson, a self-employed childminder in the North East of England. Through my experiences, I have identified a current barrier that women encounter in terms of economic stability. The economic challenge facing women is not understanding...

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A Few Ideas for G20 Leaders

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 12:21 PM

One "kiosk" at a time.

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The last time I wrote from St. Petersburg was 20 years ago. Back then we called it journaling not blogging and back then, if you wanted to buy a trinket for your niece, you would have to go to...

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Why a Woman's Education Will Determine her Economic Future

(7) Comments | Posted September 1, 2013 | 8:56 PM

By Linda Ma, 2013 G(irls)20 Summit Delegate, Representing Australia

Last year, like many young Australians, I took a "gap year" after finishing high school. I spent much of it traveling, living, and working in Asia, falling prey to dodgy dealers, whizzing along on motorcycles, and fulfilling the misguided dreams...

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Advice to Emerging Female Entrepreneurs

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 12:04 PM

By Putri Agustina, 2013 G(irls)20 Summit Delegate, Representing Indonesia

Growing up in Indonesia I have witnessed a major problem in our economic structure; the cyclical nature of unemployment that leads to poverty. This poverty leads to daily increases in everyday prices. A solution to end this pattern is to increase...

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More Women Should Be on Top

(6) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 3:00 PM

One of the greatest economic challenges facing women in the United States is the lack of women in top management positions. Only 4.2 per cent of Fortune 500 CEOs are women. Regardless of the slim statistics, many of us are led to believe that women have already succeeded in breaking...

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Where Are All the Women in Mining?

(3) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 5:12 PM

The other day, I was watching my friend's one-year-old daughter as she crawled through the grass. She ripped up dandelions in her chubby fingers, and buried her hands into the warm dirt in the garden. Then, before anyone could stop her, she shoved two fistfuls of mud into her mouth....

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How Microfinancing Can Narrow the Gender Gap

(7) Comments | Posted July 30, 2013 | 5:40 PM

Getting rid of the gender gap is critical to the empowerment of girls and women globally. There are 3.5-billion women on this planet, meaning their empowerment not only impacts them as individuals, but also their communities, their countries, and ultimately, our world. One cause I advocated for during the 2013...

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The War on Girls Starts in the Womb

(2) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 12:20 PM

By Marcia Banasko, World YWCA Communications Officer

Girls face multiple and complex barriers to education, gender equality and economic stability including the burden of domestic work from an early age, security issues, child marriage and poor sanitation. Globally, despite recent attention to their role in development, girls continue to experience...

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How Do We See Girls?

(1) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 9:20 AM

By Jennifer Hollett

I'm helping build an alternative princess library for my niece, Lily. My sister told me about the idea, and asked me to buy such a book for my niece's third birthday. Since I already got her one of my faves, Canadian classic The Paper Bag Princess, I...

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My Girlfriends Are Making A World of Difference

(0) Comments | Posted July 5, 2013 | 5:05 PM

From a proud engineer who happens to be a women -- Stacey DelVecchio, Engineering Talent Pipeline Manager at Caterpillar Inc. and President-Elect of the Society of Women Engineers

My girlfriends are engineers -- compassionate, beautiful, well-educated and yes...smart women who are out there making a difference. My friends are designing...

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Technology's Missing Growth Driver: Women

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2013 | 8:05 AM

With the dramatic growth of mobile phones and the Internet, opportunities for professionals and entrepreneurs in the computing field have outpaced most other sectors. Yet, around the world, women remain a small minority.

According to the National Center for Women and Information Technology, the percentage of computer science degrees...

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Why Women Avoid STEM Careers

(3) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 8:13 AM

By Elaine Kunda, Founder, By Wallace Inc., Advisor to G(irls)20 Summit & Women of Influence, McMaster Alumni Association Board of Directors

I'm not sure if I'm a product of my environment or not. I excelled in math early on in life; in fact, at age 4, I would relentlessly follow...

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Supporting Women Lawyers in Russia

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2013 | 5:41 AM

The G(irls)20 brings together delegates -- one girl aged 18-20 from each G20 country, as well as from the European and African Union -- to look at the G20 leaders' agenda through the lens of the economic empowerment of girls and women. The theme of this year's summit is Opportunity...

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How Technology Can Reduce Unemployment Rates

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 1:52 PM

Being a typical product of the public education system provided in Saudi, I've always dreamt of finding a job in the public sector after graduation. That is what almost everyone around me has as a plan after graduation. It wasn't until I participated in The U.S.-Saudi Women forum on Social...

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The World's Highest Potential Resource is Not What You Think

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 11:34 AM

By, Sabrina Geremia, Google Canada

When we talk about natural resources that can drive economic benefit the conversation usually turns to gas and minerals, or sun and wind.

What if I were to tell you that the world's most underutilized and highest potential resource is all around us? She may...

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Making Entrepreneurs out of Indian Housewives

(2) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 8:43 AM

By Aishani Khurana, 2013 G(irls)20 Summit Delegate, Representing India

I am a sophomore studying Economics at Soka University of America from New Delhi, India. The greatest economic challenge facing women in my community is the lack of training and resources that can foster women entrepreneurs both in the small and...

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