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Empowering Girls and Women Globally

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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So You Want To Be A Leader?

Leadership is not a concept that exclusively applies to offices and organizations. Every human being is leading a life, a life full of immense potential and a unique promise for the world. As Mahatma Gandhi underscores, "Be the change you wish to see in the world."
06/21/2014 04:32 EDT
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What Australia Can Do For Women At The G20 Summit

I am excited to have the G20 Summit held in Australia this year because I believe this provides Australia with the opportunity to intensely scrutinize its own role in the world. While Australia in many respects is a wonderful country to live in, I believe that as a wealthy, prosperous nation, we still have a lot of work to do.
06/16/2014 05:58 EDT

How I'm Going to Celebrate Father's Day

I look back at the choices I have made and I see the influence of my parents -- their guidance, sense of justice, work ethic and generosity. I see their struggle and what it taught me and I see their sense of adventure and humour and how it has shaped me.
06/10/2014 11:57 EDT

Why I Want More Disruption in My Life

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.
04/01/2014 12:50 EDT

How Brazil's Women Are Rising to the Top

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 big effort to ensure their place in economic, political and educational spheres in Brazil.
10/16/2013 10:48 EDT

Creating Opportunities for First Nations Girls and Women

In Canada, First Nations women are at the highest risk of violence and are often unable to actively participate in formal education or work opportunities as a result. The most important contributing factor to the violence that disproportionately affects First Nations girls and women is poverty.
09/13/2013 12:10 EDT

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

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.
09/10/2013 12:14 EDT

A Few Ideas for G20 Leaders

On the eve of the 2013 G20 Leaders' Meeting, I have been speaking to media from around the world about the G20 Leader's agenda, particularly their focus on creating jobs and the need for investment and innovation to fuel the global economy. So what's the "ask"? Here are a few ideas for G20 Leaders.
09/04/2013 12:21 EDT

Why a Woman's Education Will Determine her Economic Future

We need to equip women with the particular skills needed to create vibrant, diverse, adaptive economic ventures. Women should be provided with accessible, subsidized business and management education that enables them to start, run, and manage effective businesses.
09/02/2013 08:51 EDT

Advice to Emerging Female Entrepreneurs

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 the number of entrepreneurs and, more specifically, increase the role that women play in the economy.
08/26/2013 12:04 EDT

More Women Should Be on Top

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. We need more women leading our workspaces, our corporations, and our country.
08/21/2013 05:19 EDT

Where Are All the Women in Mining?

The reality is that mining is no longer about brute strength and pickaxes. It is now one of the most technologically advanced industries in the world. And as an industry that is currently pushing the boundaries of engineering and technology, we should be appealing to young women everywhere to become involved.
08/13/2013 05:12 EDT

How Microfinancing Can Narrow the Gender Gap

By directing microcredit to women in developing nations, there is an opportunity to economically empower women as well as their communities. Simply put, access to credit and banking institutions is essential in today's economic world and vital to female independence.
07/30/2013 05:40 EDT

The War on Girls Starts in the Womb

Girls are too often subject to harmful practices, such as female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage, which increases their risk of maternal mortality or childbirth injury, HIV infection and domestic violence. Young women from marginalized social groups, girls living without their parents, and displaced girls are particularly vulnerable to violence.
07/24/2013 12:20 EDT

How Do We See Girls?

Young women have so much talent and potential, yet are often overlooked. The G(irls)20 Summit is an opportunity to invite girls to the table, provide them with training and mentorship, and most importantly let them share their thoughts on issues that affect them and their communities.
07/22/2013 09:20 EDT

My Girlfriends Are Making A World of Difference

My girlfriends are engineers -- compassionate, beautiful, well-educated and women who are out there making a difference. My friends are designing implants to deliver pain medicine for those with chronic pain. But what if my girlfriends never received an education?
07/05/2013 05:05 EDT

Technology's Missing Growth Driver: Women

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.
06/21/2013 08:05 EDT

Why Women Avoid STEM Careers

I feel it important to figure out the answer to the regularly asked question, "why aren't more girls enrolled in S.T.E.M (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs and jobs"? Women, do excel in engineering programs when they are in them, they often avoid it because of lack of exposure and understanding of what engineering is.
06/19/2013 08:13 EDT

Supporting Women Lawyers in Russia

The Russian revolution declared equal rights for men and women, but in reality a tremendous gender gap remained in all the higher managerial positions. Although we still have a long way to go, in Russia young girls have many more opportunities today.
06/16/2013 09:19 EDT