// 14 April 2010

girlsandwomen.gifOne young woman from each G20 country will meet in Toronto, 10 days before the G20 summit, with the aim of drawing more attention to girls’ and women’s interests and contributions.

The girls will submit to the G20 “tangible ideas about the direction they need to take to realise the Millennium Development Goals“.

(The G20 representatives will be from: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, UK, USA and a representative of the European Union.)

On June 26th and 27th, G20 leaders will gather in Toronto to discuss measures to promote global financial stability and ways to achieve a sustainable economic growth and development. All organizations and businesses striving for economic growth and development understand the need to utilize all resources – financial, material and human. Similarly, world leaders must recognize the importance of leveraging the world’s 3.3 billion girls and women in the search for innovative, sustainable and socially responsible solutions to global challenges.

That’s why, from Jun 16th -18th, twenty girls from the G20 countries will come together in Toronto to present, discuss and promote tangible, innovative and scalable solutions that put girls and women front and centre on the G20 agenda. If you are a passionate, forward-thinking, solution-oriented girl between the ages of 18-20 from a G20 country you could be one of the G(irls) 20 Summit change makers. Apply to attend the G(irls)20 Summit and be a voice representing the 3.3 billion girls and women around the world.

(More info on how to apply and other ways to support the summit on their website and Facebook).

Comments From You

Jane // Posted 14 April 2010 at 2:28 pm

Why girls only? Between 18-20? The nubile sexy fiesty girls with the voices people always care about? I say this as a 19 year old girl very annoyed at everything feminist reaching out to just us.

I don’t see why women have to be put at the’ centre’ of environmental issues. Despite reading everything about how climate change is a feminist issue, I’m still not overly convinced.

Jane // Posted 14 April 2010 at 2:31 pm

Sorry, just to make my point clearer, this really is an offensive joke – even in the context of painting 18-20 yo women as unheard victims. Why the hell 18-20?

Alex Catgirl // Posted 14 April 2010 at 3:20 pm

Good in theory, bad in practice as global feminism can not work as the particulars of “the patriarchy” vary from society-to-society, as the old saying goes, the devil really is in the details.

Jess McCabe // Posted 15 April 2010 at 8:12 am

@Jane The Millennium Development Goals are not largely about climate change (although they will become harder and harder to meet with rising temperatures, of course). I suggest reading what they’re about – I think it’s clear that many of them hinge on girls and young women, are about girls and young women – and yet girls and young women are rarely if ever consulted, or part of processes like the G20.

Obviously this should not be, and won’t be, the only women’s organising ahead of the G20.

Jess McCabe // Posted 15 April 2010 at 8:14 am

@Alex Catgirl Obviously everyone is working in their own circumstances. However, I really disagree that there’s nothing to learn, and nothing to be gained by bringing us together across the world! Many problems have both a local and a global component. And where the G20, an overwhelmingly male group of leaders, is getting together to make those decisions, then of course it’s relevant to input into that.

maggie // Posted 16 April 2010 at 9:14 am

No woman over the age of 18 should be called a girl. At this age and beyond a woman is an adult. Same goes for boys. They are men when they reach 18. Stop this infantilising of young adults it does society no good.

‘Girls and women’ – UGH!

Kit // Posted 16 April 2010 at 12:32 pm

OT, I’m not sure, but @maggie “No woman over the age of 18 should be called a girl.” – even if they want to be called one? I understand the why behind it, but I personally I don’t want the “woman” label forced on me just because I’m past some number of significance (that is lower or heigher depending on where you’re from) :/

@Jane – I wonder if they went for “girls only” so they can have their play on words name (uh, if that makes sense) without being offensive (as per maggie’s comment)?

Salle Shore // Posted 16 June 2010 at 7:45 pm


Why are you reading into this program that it is about “feminism.” That is a misrepresentation about this summit. It is a short sighted view and reveals that you do not understand the goals and objectives nor the statistics that are undeniable that women are the bedrock for societies…world wide, be it 1st or (if you will) 3rd world.

Clearly the summit is based on well documented case studies that show that when women are educated that it does society a whole lot of good. And in that the G 20 is gathering together, in respects to attain the Millennium goals, it is essential that many of these topics be raised to the fore front in order to reach these goals. Without these considerations, there are little or not chance to ever making these goals attainable.

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