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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 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

EMPOWERMENT

I love this word and everything it means to me:

Accountability
Responsibility
Ownership
Freedom

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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The Country With the Most Women in Parliament? You Might Be Surprised

(1) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 12:26 PM

A quick quiz for you -- which country has: the most women in parliament? The largest number on boards? Drum roll -- Rwanda 63.8 per cent and Norway 40.6 per cent. And, in case you're wondering, the U.S. comes in at number 84 with 18.2 per cent, and the U.K....

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So You Want To Be A Leader?

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2014 | 4:32 PM

It is widely established that leaders must be competent at what they do. Needless to say, intelligence, along with good communication and management skills are cardinal requirements for directing in any capacity, but without moral soundness and sincerity, these abilities are for naught! To me, integrity -- along with passion...

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What Australia Can Do For Women At The G20 Summit

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 5:58 PM

As the Australian delegate to the G(irls)20 Summit in Sydney this year, I am very excited that the G20 Summit will also be held in Australia in November. I am excited by this for a number of reasons.

Firstly, I am delighted that Australia will welcome some of the...

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How I'm Going to Celebrate Father's Day

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 11:57 AM

Studies have shown that parents have a strong influence on the way their children understand their roles in society. A study commissioned by Microsoft found that female students are more likely than males to identify "supportive parents" as an important success factor (50 per cent vs. 37 per cent).

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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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