Monday, May 10, 2010

Upcoming Event: G(irls) 20 Summit

Via the MAGIC Network, news that next month Toronto will be hosting the G(irls) 20 Summit, in lead-up to the upcoming G20 meeting (June 26-27). The event is aimed at acknowledging the importance of girls and women within global labor and economic processes, as well as fueling discussions, generating ideas, and creating opportunities for investment and education that would lead to more equal, sustainable and fair treatment of girls and women around the world. i.e. gather together grassroots ideas on "how to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that most impact women and girls." Here's an excerpt from their mission statement/About Us that gives a pretty clear picture of the issues the summit hopes to tackle.
Women carry out two-thirds of the world's work hours, they receive one-tenth of its income and own less than a hundredth of its property. When a girl or woman earns income, she reinvests 90% of it into their families, as compared to only 30 to 40% for a man. With 3.3 billion girls and women, it is easy to understand how vital girls and women are to the well being of their families, their communities, and their countries.

A pivotal study conducted by GS shows that 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. Simply put, investing in girls and women and creating opportunities for them is imperative to building strong, healthy families, communities and countries. Strong and healthy countries boast productive and high performing economies, just societies and political stability.

And here's the description of how the G(irls) 20 Summit fits in:
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. 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.

By visiting the website (, you can apply to attend the G(irls) 20 Summit (deadline passed), join the Girls & Women campaign, contribute ideas & solutions, and find links to the group's Facebook and Twitter profiles.

You might also want to check out the UN's 2009 MIllennium Indicators Report for more data on promoting gender equality within the areas of economic growth & labour.

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