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.

Entries by G(irls)20

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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Shows Like Game Of Thrones Don't Do Working Women Any Favours

(20) Comments | Posted June 6, 2016 | 3:39 PM

A woman walks home at dusk, keys at the ready and eyes peeled for potential assailants. She's exhausted from a long day at work, full of men interrupting her, mansplaining and repeating ideas as though they hadn't left her lips just moments prior. She...

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How Entrepreneurship Can Lead To Gender Parity

(1) Comments | Posted June 3, 2016 | 9:49 AM

Imagine being trapped inside a cage. You would likely feel panicked and scared. Now imagine being trapped inside an invisible cage. Gender stereotypes continue to trap women around the world, and we often can't even see them.

People's lack of consciousness regarding the restrictions women face because of their...

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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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