News 2011

November 28, 2011 – Applications Open for 2012 G(irls)20 Summit in Mexico City

The organizers of the G(irls)20 Summit in coalition with over 50 national and international partner organizations are pleased to announce that applications for the G(irls)20 Summit 2012 are now open…

November 28, 2011 – Solicitudes Abiertas para la Cumbre G(irls)20 2012 en la Ciudad de México
Los organizadores de la Cumbre G(irls)20 en asociación con más de 50 organizaciones afiliadas, nacionales e internacionales, se complacen en anunciar que las solicitudes para la Cumbre G(irls)20 2012 ya están abiertas…

November 28, 2011 – Les candidatures sont ouvertes pour le Sommet 2012 du G(irls)20 à Mexico
Les organisateurs du Sommet du G(irls)20, en collaboration avec plus de 50 organismes partenaires nationaux et internationaux sont fiers d’annoncer que les candidatures sont maintenant ouvertes pour le Sommet du G(irls)20, 2012…

November 18, 2011 – Young Women in Law Charity Gala a Bustling Affair
The plush Ultra Supper Club, nestled intriguingly down a narrow laneway on Queen Street West, was the site of Young Women in Law’s second annual Charity Gala Wednesday night, a bustling affair in support of The Belinda Stronach Foundation

November 2, 2011 – Un G-20 para mejorar la vida de niñas y mujeres
The G(irls)20 Summit has made news in the Spanish-based magazine, Ethic

October 28, 2011 – Student represents Canada in Paris summit
Fourth-year Hanan Dhanani spent last week in Paris as the sole Canadian representative at a global summit for women’s issues…

October 24, 2011 – Lack of confidence impacts sexual health of women and girls, says Girls 20 delegate 
Eighteen year old Mariana Carvalho considers the global sexual health of women and girls to be of the utmost concern. The Brown student lists many taboos that still hinder women’s abilities to make decisions about their sex lives, whether it be birth control options or sexual education.

October 22, 2011 – G(irls) can change the world – one summit at a time
It’s time for a new focus on a fundamental question: Who can contribute the most to furthering development and stabilizing the global economic environment? I spent this past week in Paris as Canada’s official representative at the G(irls)20 Summit, which brings together 21 girls – a representative from each G20 country and the African Union – to discuss exactly this question…

October 21, 2011 – Communique of the G(irls)20 Summit 2011
We, the delegates of the 2011 G(irls)20 Summit, celebrate the importance of girls and women as champions of development and progress  including Nobel Peace Prize winners President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman;  the new Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde; and all of the women who fought courageously for their nations’ and their own rights in the recent “Arab Spring”.
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October 21, 2011 – A failed carbon emissions project makes a winner at Girls 20 Summit
Having spent the entire week attending panels on ways women and girls can effect economic change, David emails me saying that she has learned much about “the current situation of women all around the world”…

October 21, 2011 – Tara Suri vowed to end female infanticide at 13 years old
When Tara Suri was 13 years old, her grandmother told her that rape was the fault of women. The now 20 year old describes the experience as having ”fundamentally assaulted every sense of self and womanhood that I had,”…

October 20, 2011 – Girl power in Paris!
Hey Girl Up! My name is Tara and I am the US delegate shouting out to y’all from the G(irls)20 Summit in Paris…

October 19, 2011 – A new kind of Saudi woman
She is 20. She tweets and Facebooks. She loves good books, hanging out with her friends and spending time with family. She’s hooked on CNN.
She is a student, a daughter, a sister and friend.
She is Mariam, the delegate from Saudi Arabia…

October 19, 2011 – Girl Power: Advice for the G20 leaders from 21 Girl Leaders
This week, a new crop of 21 delegates (one each from the G-20 countries plus one representing the African Union), all aged 18-20, is meeting in Paris ahead of the official G-20 summit in Cannes.  There, leaders of the 20 countries whose economies represent over 80% of the world’s economic output will try and brainstorm their way out of a persistent global morass.

October 18, 2011 -The G(irls)20 Summit works to empower women and girls
Starting last year, The Belinda Stronach Foundation spearheaded a different kind of conference, which takes place in the run up to the G-20: The G(irls)20 Summit…

October 18, 2011 – Message of UN Women Executive Director, Michelle Bachelet, at the Girls 20 Summit
I was once a girl myself and I still believe in girl power. Now I’m the head of UN Women and we are dedicated to women’s empowerment and gender equality…

October 18, 2011 – G(irls) 20 Summit aim: Give voice to 10 million child brides 
Sudhir Shetty from the World Bank, singer Jann Arden and actor Forest Whitaker are among the speakers who will discuss political, economic and social issues that the girls will use as the basis for a communiqué to be presented to G20 leaders…

October 18, 2011 – How girls can change the world
On a certifiably gorgeous afternoon in Paris, 21 young women gathered from their respective countries for the second G(irls) 20 Summit. It is just two weeks before the world’s most influential leaders will make a similar trip to France for the sixth G20 Summit on Financial Markets and the world economy…

October 16, 2011 – G(irls)20 Summit aims for empowerment
Belinda Stronach, executive chairman of Magna International and a former Liberal MP, said she doesn’t know if any of the G20 leaders know about the meeting or will ever see the final communiqué…

October 10, 2011 – Girls 20 summit: She can’t ride a bike but she can change the world
On Oct. 15, Hanan Dhanani will represent Canada at the G(irls)20 summit in Paris, France. The women at the conference will try to find solutions to global problems before their mostly male counterparts meet in Cannes for the G20 summit two weeks later…

October 6, 2011 – G(irls)20 Summit 2011
In October the G(irls)20 Summit will bring together in Paris 21 young girls to change the world…

September 23, 2011 – The G(irls)20 Summit 2011
Just like the G20 summit, the G(irls)20 summit is where women and girls are given the initiative to take part in addressing and resolving world-wide economic problems.

September 20, 2011 – The G(irls)20 Summit 2011 to be held in Paris
The organizers of the G(irls)20 Summit are pleased to announce the schedule for the 2011 edition of this international summit to be held in Paris, France from October 18th – 21st, 2011.

September 7, 2011 – Educational Projects and the Power of Partnerships
Farah Mohamed, President of The Belinda Stronach Foundation, talks about the importance of partnerships in the philanthropic sector in relation to the G(irls)20 Summit and the Foundation’s other initiatives.

August 15, 2011 – Girl power aims to change tune of G20 boys’ club
A Melbourne teenager representing Australia at the G(irls) 20 Summit in October is hoping to put women’s education front and centre in the run-up to November’s G20 summit of world leaders…

August 1, 2011 – Delegates Announced for 2011 G(irls)20 Summit
G(irls)20 Summit organizers are pleased to announce the delegates for this year’s international Summit focussing on girls and women and the solutions they can bring to worldwide economic problems. The selected girls will represent their countries at the G(irls)20 Summit to be held in Paris, France from October 18th to October 21st, 2011 at the Academie Diplomatique Internationale two weeks before the leaders of the world’s most powerful nations gather in the Cannes, France for the G20 meetings. (French news release is available here)

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March 8, 2011 – G(irls)20 Summit to Highlight the Importance of Economic Innovation in Advance of G20 Leaders Meeting
On the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day, The Belinda Stronach Foundation together with over 30 non-profit, corporate partners and foundations today announced the Second Annual G(irls)20 Summit 2011, to be held from October 18 to 21 in Paris.