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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Reaching The Next Level Of Female Empowerment In Saudi Arabia

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2016 | 3:20 PM

Over time, Saudi Arabia has adopted a society that has maintained traditional and religious customs. However, some changes have taken place, and in comparison to the traditional norms of Saudi Arabian society, these changes have been drastic.

When Saudi Arabia first became a nation in 1932, education was limited to...

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I'm Proving Women Are Wired For The Male-Dominated Tech Industry

(0) Comments | Posted September 14, 2016 | 10:56 AM

Numbers never lie. Almost never. When it comes to female labour force participation (FLFP) in Russia, the initial statistics looks pretty good: 57 per cent of women 15 and older are employed, which is higher than the world average of 50 per cent. However, when we dig deeper...

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The Invisible Women Of Pakistan

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2016 | 10:58 AM

As a child, I loved wearing dresses. I would run to Najma, my seamstress' house, where she'd be sitting on the floor with her sewing machine surrounded by paper and cloth. With her eyes fixated on her work, she would try to replicate the design from pictures and hand me...

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Boosting Women's Entrepreneurship In Mexico And Latin America

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2016 | 11:38 AM

As a volunteer, I've had the opportunity to visit the most remote places of my country. In México, extraordinary wealth and heart-breaking poverty exist side by side. It is a land of harsh contradictions -- skyscrapers and wood houses, modern-day Internet and illiteracy.

Years ago, when I used to think...

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Let Dads Be Dads

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2016 | 10:16 AM

Improving the maternity leave system is seen as a crucial way of encouraging women to have children whilst continuing their jobs. The percentage of women taking maternity leave in Japan is quite is around 76 per cent in 2013, which is quite high, however, the female...

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Creating Positive Change For Women In Italy

(1) Comments | Posted August 31, 2016 | 12:11 PM

Since a young age, I have always been fascinated by social and humanitarian work, especially through volunteering and being creative. Born to Moroccan parents, I'm an Italian student of economics and finance, but above all, I'm a dreamer. 

Every time I call myself that, people around look at me with...

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Indonesian Womanpreneurs: Struggle To Success

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2016 | 11:55 AM

Being a female worker in Indonesia is not easy. Juggling life as a mother, wife, child, and worker, turns your days into endlessly tiring routines. Although Indonesian women have been living like this for so long, it is time that the suffering ends and new initiatives arise which both empower...

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The Stigma Against Depression Hurts Us All

(1) Comments | Posted August 11, 2016 | 1:23 PM

Mental health is a topic that is not often talked about in Germany aside from when it is associated with tragedies -- the crash of the Germanwings Airbus 320-211 in the French Alps is a recent example.

Talking about mental health, especially depression, is still highly stigmatized. In a...

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The 'Womenomics' Of Entrepreneurship

(1) Comments | Posted August 10, 2016 | 12:01 PM

"Forget China, India and the Internet: Economic Growth Is Driven by Women." This headline from The Economist is sound advice and I encourage all governments to listen. In developed countries, girls and women tend to do better at school than boys, have higher education levels than men, achieve...

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What Would You Do For A Living If There Were No Gender Stereotypes?

(13) Comments | Posted August 9, 2016 | 11:12 AM

Even in 2016, choosing a profession is influenced by stereotypes, based on gender or the economic potential of specific professions. This happens because people are usually not aware of their calling. Imagine choosing your path according to your strengths and passion whether you are a man or a woman, whether...

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The 4 Per Cent That Canada Is Leaving Behind

(6) Comments | Posted August 8, 2016 | 9:21 AM

Indigenous youth are one of the fastest growing cohorts in Canada, yet they are among the most vulnerable. At 4.3 percent of Canada's population, an increase from 2.8 percent in 1996, the diverse indigenous population of First Nations, Métis and Inuit share a commonality: almost half...

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We Need To Encourage Girls And Women To Succeed In STEM

(3) Comments | Posted August 5, 2016 | 3:53 PM

Computers and their connectivity are amazing, aren't they? We really need to thank the men who made these things possible... Or should I say, women? As a robotics student, I grew up hearing a good number of arguments trying to justify the lack of women in the technology field (and...

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Change Starts At The Top, In Our Minds And Our Institutions

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2016 | 11:24 AM

As the old riddle goes:

A father and a son are in a horrible car crash. The son is rushed to hospital and the trauma surgeon is called.

As the surgeon walks into the room, the surgeon says "I can't operate! That boy is my son!"

How can this be?

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Entrepreneurship Gives Liberian Women Independence And Equality

(0) Comments | Posted August 3, 2016 | 11:11 AM

With the combination of an unstable family environment, poverty, high levels of physical and sexual violence such as transactional sex, empowerment through entrepreneurship would help alleviate women out of such situations. Liberia is the oldest independent nation on the African continent and has an estimated population of over four million...

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Fostering Female Entrepreneurial Mindsets In Afghanistan

(0) Comments | Posted August 2, 2016 | 11:01 AM

I was born in Afghanistan, forced to leave at a young age, I did not return until I was 16 years old. I met with women, who had lost their husbands, their sons and/or their fathers during the wars. Despite their losses, these women were filled with love, but one...

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A Flexible Workplace Helps Foster Genuine Gender Parity

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2016 | 3:23 PM

The way we work today is fundamentally different than how we worked a decade ago. Gone are the days when employees worked nine to five, Monday to Friday, within the four walls of an office. Thanks to technology, businesses now operate 24/7 from anywhere and everywhere.

Flexible workplaces are becoming...

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G(irls)20 Meets The G20 Finance Ministers

(0) Comments | Posted July 26, 2016 | 11:41 AM

Attending a G20 meeting is a rare opportunity for a teenage girl. It's an honour to be at an event where decisions are made that affect our entire planet and to have the chance to meet key decision makers. At every chance, I'm making sure to talk about the next...

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Want To Empower Rural Women? Give Them Sanitary Pads

(4) Comments | Posted June 22, 2016 | 5:20 PM

The Turkish Language Institute (TDK) recently updated the definition of the word "dirty," translated as "kirli" in Turkish. One of the added definitions of the word is "a woman who is menstruating."

Even though the Institute was condemned and a public outrage began on social media, most importantly, it showed Turkish...

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The Power Of Female Leaders: Q&A With Jamilah Taib Murray

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2016 | 3:21 PM

G(irls)20 recently had the pleasure to interview local businesswoman and philanthropist Jamilah Taib Murray who founded Sakto Corporation, one of Ottawa's foremost property development and management companies. Mrs. Murray is a long-time philanthropist with a particular dedication to fostering education for women and children, and female...

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Self-Confidence Is Integral To Achieving Gender Parity In The Workforce

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2016 | 4:48 PM

"You'll win this easily, you're playing a girl!" This is a comment I would hear being said regularly to my opponent in childhood chess competitions. This comment would make my nine-year-old self more determined to beat them -- which I often did, checkmating both their king and naïvely sexist ideas....

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