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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By Empowering Women, We Can Work Toward Alleviating Poverty

(0) 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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Why Female Entrepreneurs Are Key to Global Development

(2) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 12:27 PM

Over the next decade, more than one-billion women will join the work force. This is great news for GDP, which will increase significantly as a result; according to research, France will grow by seven per cent, India by 45 per cent and Egypt by 56 per cent merely...

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STEM: It's a "Girl Thing," Too

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 12:20 PM

When I was 15, I dreamed of working as an animator at Pixar and a roller coaster designer for Disneyland. This childhood dream may have been a manifestation of the kind of entertainment options my parents provided for me, but it led to many questions in my mind. Questions that...

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Do You Want to Change the World?

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 11:16 AM


Special submission by Carolyn Lawrence, President & CEO of G(irls)20 Key Partner, Women of Influence.

Do you ever have the feeling -- in the core of your heart -- that you have something more to give the world, your community, even...

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Workplaces Must Shift Their Thinking About Mental Health

(4) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 1:25 PM

This post is part of a series from G(irls)20 partners, speakers and delegates in the lead up to the G20 Leader's Summit in November 2014. G20 Leaders are charged with reaching a 2 per cent growth rate and have invited organizations like G(irls)20 to make recommendations for reaching this target....

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Why Should Gender Matter When It Comes To Human Rights?

(2) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 12:42 PM

When I was first given the theme for this piece, I was confused.

'What is the most important human right a woman can have, and why?'

I don't believe there is a hierarchy of human rights. Nor do I believe that there is any one right...

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How G(irls)20 Hopes to End 'No Girls Allowed' In Classrooms

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 2:11 PM

As schools start to fill up this fall, let us not forget about all the young women and girls who will not be sitting in a classroom of their own. Especially those girls who are denied education, forced into marriage at an early age, or simply deprived of educational resources.

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South African Women Need Mental Liberation

(2) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 8:37 PM

It has been four months since the 14th of April -- the beginning of a life-changing horror story for almost 300 school girls in Nigeria. The recent kidnapping of these girls reminded me, the G(irls) 20 Summit delegate representing South Africa, of my position in the world as...

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Entrepreneurship Is Key to Accelerating the Full Economic Inclusion of Women and Girls

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 11:44 AM

In a post-recession period when most industrialized nations' economies are still fragile and ''in recovery mode'', one of the top priorities for the G20 leaders is finding innovative solutions that will allow them to stay competitive and prosperous. Last February, G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors made a commitment...

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Make Japan a Nation Where Women Shine in Business Too

(3) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 8:36 AM

It is widely acknowledged that Japan needs more females in business to make up for a shrinking workforce and to boost economic growth and opportunity. With this admirable goal in mind, we must work to make Japan a nation where every individual, male and female, has equal opportunities to realize...

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Having Women In Power Is A Matter Of Justice

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 5:10 PM

Women worldwide have faced discrimination, injustice and the infringement of their rights for centuries. In the 21st century, there still exists a great number of women who don't have basic civil rights, and female representation on different levels of our society remains low.

For example:

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Empathy Is the Key to a Successful Business

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 3:40 PM

I am from the millennial generation. You may wonder what we know about empathy or successful business practices.

Well, let me tell you that beyond the popularity of the word "millennial," my generation represents an important share of the consumers worldwide and we do not buy something solely based...

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How to Make the World a Better Place

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 5:34 PM

"The little girl wants to tell you something else. Please don't forget them. Please help them live in freedom."

That urgent message, delivered by a translator as I was leaving a room in Kabul, Afghanistan, came from a 13-year-old Afghan girl. She was enrolled in a reading program that was...

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Turning a Big Idea Into Global Change

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 12:48 PM

What would happen if the world's 3.5 billion women set out to fix the biggest problems facing their communities?

The G(irls)20 Summit is bringing together young women from around the globe to answer that question. The goal: Use bold ideas to improve the fortunes of their home...

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How This Company Champions Women in Leadership

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 12:25 PM

The Rezidor Hotel Group has employees of over 140 nationalities working in 56 countries across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. We aim to attract, retain, and develop the best people in the hospitality industry and to ensure equal opportunities for all our employees. Close to half of this workforce...

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What Empowerment Means to Me

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 5:45 PM


I love this word and everything it means to me:


The word makes me feel strong. It allows me an element of control over my professional and personal life. It gives me the confidence to believe that I deserve...

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