Did you know there are 3.5 billion ways to change the world? For the past three years, the G(irls) 20 Summit (taking place this year from May 28 to 29) has hoped to show governments and the world the importance of empowering women and girls. The summit works in partnership with individuals, foundations, nonprofits, governments and the private sector to carry out their mandate and create global social change.
Video from last year’s Summit
Two weeks prior to this year’s G20 Summit in Mexico, the G(irls) 20 Summit will bring together one girl, aged 18-20, from each G20 country, the European Union and the African Union to Distrito Federal, Mexico. The agenda resembles the G20 leaders’ agenda, economic innovation and growth, however, the seats are filled with young women. The delegates participate in panel discussions, attend workshops, and caucus to discuss and promote tangible, callable solutions toward financial prosperity and the economic and political empowerment of girls and women, ending with delegate led press conference and communique that provides blueprint on how the G20 leaders can utilize and engage on the of the best resources in the world — girls and women.
As a longtime advocate for women’s leadership and equality, I am looking forward to hearing the female voices of the next generation and following the summit’s events. A few ways you can get involved:
1. Watch the live stream of the summit here. You can tune in and watch it on May 28, 29 and 31.
2. Follow me at @caithendricks and tweet along as I send summit updates, May 28-29.
3. Join the conversation by tweeting at @Girls20Summit.
4. Grab a number: join the G(irls) 20 Summit by sending a message to G20 leaders that there are 3.5 billion girls and women in the world, and these girls and women need to be empowered because their empowerment leads to healthier families, innovative economies and stable countries.
P.S. Watch this space for my interview with the African Union delegate from Cameroon, Glender Favour.