Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the G(irls)20 Summit? The G(irls) 20 Summit is modelled after the G20 Leaders’ Summit, selecting one delegate from each G20 nation plus a representative from the African Union.  The G(irls)20 meets before the leaders of the world’s most powerful nations meet at the G20 Leader’s Summit in Brisbane, Australia in November 2014.  We do this in advance so that we can present recommendations for consideration by the G20 Leaders’.

We commit to take concrete actions to overcome the barriers hindering women’s full economic and social participation and to expand economic opportunities for women in G20 economies.”  G20 Leaders’ Declaration 2012

There are 3.5 billion girls and women in the world, this represents 3.5 billion ways to improve the world but without opportunities and investments in their education (formal and informal), the potential of girls and women as economic and social agents of change is lost.

G(irls)20 focus on the fact that girls with economic opportunities grow in value in their communities and their communities grow with them. Girls invest in themselves, their families and other girls, creating a ripple effect that can lift entire communities out of poverty.

G(irls)20 is about mobilizing the private, social profit, academic and government sectors to present achievable recommendations to G20 Leaders via a global platform that represents ½ the world’s population.

With this in mind, we have devised a program that economically & politically empowers adolescent girls, unlocks their economic potential and gives them the skills they need to flourish. We work with incredible people and organizations to ignite adolescent girls’ potential and unleash the impact they can have on their communities and countries.

Why do we do this? Because, we can’t afford not to! A few facts:

  • Giving women the same access
to non-land resources and services as men could increase yields on women’s land by up to 30 per cent, raise total agricultural output in developing countries by up to 
four per cent and reduce the number of hungry people in the world by 100-150 million.
  • Closing the joblessness gap between girls and their male counterparts would yield an increase in GDP of up to 1.2 per cent in a single year.
  • When a girl in the developing world receives seven years of education, she marries four years later and has 2.2 fewer children

What is the focus of the G(irls)20 Summit? The agenda for the G(irls)20 Summit mirrors that of the G20 Leaders’ by focussing on economic innovation and the role girls and women can play in building strong and innovative economies. The delegates participate in workshops designed to bolster their knowledge and skills in technology, entrepreneurism, communications & leadership.

When and where will the next Summit be held? The 5th G(irls)20 Summit will be held in August 2014 (exact dates to be determined) and will take place in either Sydney or Melbourne, Australia.

Who is qualified to apply to be a delegate? Applicants must be  18-20 years of age at the time of the Summit (August 2014), and must be a citizen of the country they wish to represent.  They will have demonstrated a desire to develop solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges and to be catalysts for change in their own communities and countries.

Which countries are in the G20?  Argentina • Australia • Brazil • Canada • China • France • Germany • India • Indonesia • Italy • Japan • Mexico • Russia • Saudi Arabia • South Africa • South Korea • Turkey • UK • USA.  Since 2010, the African Union has had a seat at the G20 Leaders’ & G(irls)20 Summits.

In 2014, for the first time, G(irls)20 will welcome a delegate from Afghanistan, Pakistan and one from the MENA region.

Why is the age limited to 18-20 years? This is the period of time of great development.

How do I apply? By completing the delegation application, providing a reference and if possible, submitting a video. Applications are accepted via e-mail, courier or by fax.

How are the delegates chosen? Partnering with more than 50 national and international NGOs and private sector companies, we disseminate the application through an aggressive campaign that is both grassroots and high-level.

Delegates are selected from among hundreds of applicants and are chosen based on their responses to questions that focus on entrepreneurship, leadership, personal triumph and analytical skills.

Why are you focusing on the G20 leaders rather than the G8 leaders? We focus on the economic prowess of girls and women. G20 leaders are focusing on the economic challenges facing the world. The G20 leaders can tackle many of the challenges they are facing if they empower girls and women. We see the link and we are hoping to have them see the link as well.

What is the cost of the Summit? Who is funding this Summit? The costs are kept to a minimum by seeking out in-kind support – for example –Macroblu is the force behind our logo, design needs and website. Foundations and private sector companies assist with the costs of the Summit. Please visit our partner section of this website to see a complete list of our partners.

Will the girls meet G20 leaders? The girls will be holding their Summit in advance of the leaders arriving in Australia. There is no plan at this time for the girls to meet the world’s leaders, however we certainly would welcome their participation.

When will the agenda be released? The agenda will be released in Summer 2014.

Why did you launch this campaign?  Girls and women are an amazing resource and when included appropriately can make the difference in the health and wealth of their families, communities and countries.

A woman will spend 90% of her earnings on her family, compared to a man who spends only 30%. Economist after economist and study after study will speak about the significant role girls and women can play in improving the economy of a community and a country.

According to Larry Summers, the former chief economist of the World Bank, “Investment in girls’ education may well be the highest-return investment available in the developing world.”

Educating girls and women leads to higher wages, lower fertility, reduced maternal and child mortality, and better health and education for current and future generations. (Source: Goldman Sachs, Half the Sky)