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Launched in 2009 at the Clinton Global Initiative, G(irls)20 places young women at the centre of decision-making processes. Through their signature programs, Global Summit and Girls on Boards, they make strategic investments in young women through education and training, building networks, and access to unparalleled opportunities.
While advocating for change at a global level, G(irls)20 work at the community and individual level by making strategic investments in girls and women, aged 15-25, in 20+ countries. They do this so they can pursue opportunities at home and abroad. In partnership with the private sector, social profit sector and individuals, they are able to provide skills building workshops (entrepreneurship, financial preparedness, communications, leadership, etc.); a global Summit; global mentorships; and coaching so that each of their participants can launch their own program/initiative to empower others.
G(irls)20 Summits run parallel to G20 Summits and bring together young female delegates from each G20 country, plus a representative from the European and African Unions, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the MENA region, for an impactful leadership event.
During the Summit, delegates attend skill building workshops (entrepreneurship, financial preparedness, communications, digital literacy, leadership, etc.) and participate in panel discussions with local and global experts. With this preparation they then produce a communiqué with tangible, scalable solutions towards increasing FLFP as a means of strengthening economic growth, reducing poverty, and increasing national GDPs. The communiqué is presented to G20 Leaders for their consideration.
To date, there are over one hundred G(irls)20 led initiatives globally.
Girls on Boards
Girls on Boards places community minded, motivated and trained young women living in Canada, between the ages of 18 -25, on non-profit governance boards in their communities. After completing online trainings and several months of coaching with a G(irls)20 approved coach, young women (“Future Board Members”) begin their one-year term on the board.
What else is involved?
Future Board Members take the online DiverseCity onBoards training which covers:
- Board Essentials
- Legal Roles & Responsibilities
- Finance Fundamentals
- Commitment to Diversity
- Risk Management
- Strategic Planning
- Resource Development
Future Board Members, Coaches and Board Mentors all take Gender-Based Analysis Training to lean how:
- Unconscious or implicit bias in the workplace
- Gender bias interacts with race, class, age, ability
- To conduct gender analysis on workplace policies, culture, and organizations’ programming
- To develop policy interventions to address gender inequities
Coaching and board mentorship – Each young woman is matched with an older woman, established in her career (minimum 2+ years board experience) as well as a mentor on her board – both support the Future Board Member’s professional and emotional growth.
Private online portal– Peer-to-peer learning by sharing experiences, seeking input on challenges, sharing resources, and participate in a bi-monthly “Ask Me Anything” online panel with a board mentor.
In-person Forum – In September 2018, G(irls)20 will host an in-person forum to convene all participants in order host focus groups and share out best practices.