The G(irls)20 is about more than just a Summit. It is not enough to have 24 people gather, discuss and then depart. That is why the G(irls)20 offers a multi pronged approach to cultivating a new generation of female leaders.
Phase One: Inclusivity and opportunity.
To ensure the opportunity to be a delegate is shared with girls across the world’s G20 countries, European and African Unions, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the MENA region, we partner with a network of national and international organizations (see Partner Tab), and they disseminate the opportunity as widely as possible. From multinational corporations to local grassroots clubs, the G(irls)20 Summit is open to all girls between the ages of 18-20. Delegates are chosen based on their innovative ideas, community capacity, leadership pursuits and understanding of the importance of the economic empowerment of girls and women. The G(irls)20 Summit Board, Advisory Committee and for profit and social profit partners all take part in reviewing and assessing the applications and make recommendations on who the new delegates may be. We strive to ensure that each cohort offers varied skills, socio economic backgrounds and life experiences.
Phase Two: Building Skills and the Summit Stage
Once delegates are informed that they have been chosen, the G(irls)20 Summit gets to work on preparing them to get the most out of the Summit. This includes a mix of research, readings, outreach, media interviews, blogging and getting to know the delegates who came before them and their own colleagues they will meet with.
Upon arrival in the host city (summit locations are determined by where the G20 Leaders are scheduled to meet), we begin with the workshops. Over the course of 2-3 days, the delegates gain new skills in several different areas including; media and communications, leadership development, financial fundamentals and using technology to amplify your message globally. Workshops are designed and delivered by subject matter experts and Summit partners including Norton Rose Fulbright, Google, Caterpillar, United Nations Foundation, Nike Foundation and others.
The Summit takes place over two days; the theme of the first day is Opportunity Gained and reflects the G20 Leaders’ agenda; Day Two’s theme is Opportunity Lost and tackles an issue that we need to look at as an economic opportunity if we address it. Speakers have included Senior officials from the World Bank, World Economic Forum, Norton Rose Fulbright, Google, journalists, Entertainers, Academy Award Winner Forest Whitaker, CEO of the Elders Mabel Van Oranje, survivors of child marriage, economists, agronomists, etc.
Following the Summit presentations and dialogues, the delegates come together to determine a slate of recommendations to be shared with G20 Leaders. These ideas are presented in the form of communiqué and presented to the lead Sherpa who distributes it to the other G20 Sherpas and Leaders. We also launch a campaign to inform Minister of Industry, Finance, Agriculture, Economic Development of the recommendations put forward by the G(irls)20 Summit delegates.
Phase Three : Community based, delegate led initiatives
Through a mentorship program the G(irls)20 Summit assist each of the Ambassadors (former delegates) in designing a community-based initiative or goal that will help to empower other girls and women in the delegate’s backyard. This pay it forward approach has already yielded amazing results.
The G(irls)20 Summit is made possible through women and men like you. We hope you will join us in continuing to economically empower the 3.5 Bilion girls and women around the world.