WHEN: May 29TH 2019  |  TIME: 9:30AM – 5:00PM

WHERE: 7-3-38 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8503, Japan (Embassy of Canada to Japan)      


About The Summit

G(irls)20 is coming to Japan for the 10th Global Summit. 20+ young women from around the world will arrive in Tokyo for a week of leadership training, social enterprise development and mentoring by female leaders in the business and public sectors. At the end of the week, delegates will deliver a Communiqué highlighting policies to promote young women’s economic inclusion to Ambassador Koji Tomita, Japan’s G20 Sherpa.


9:30 – 10:00 AM

Registration and Refreshments


10:00 – 10:15 AM

Opening Ceremony
  • 10th Anniversary Opening video
  • Introduction by Emcee, Rachel Chan, local journalist
  • Video message, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
  • Heather Barnabe, CEO, G(irls)20
  • Introduction of Delegates

10:15 – 10:45 AM


Introduction: Bailey Greenspon, Senior Program Manager, G(irls)20


10:45 – 11:30 AM


Moderator: Mmabatho Mokiti, Founding Director, DreamGirls Academy


As the global economy shifts toward digitalization and automation, girls and women risk being left even further behind. Around the globe, women’s access to the internet is only 85% that of men’s. Education, socio-cultural expectations, and access to capital and jobs contribute to women being disproportionately left out of the present and future economies. When we close digital disparity, women and girls will gain the most.

Women’s under-representation in science, technology, engineers and mathematics (STEM), is an urgent challenge that stifles opportunities for women in emerging industries. G(irls)20 delegates seek to understand the interventions necessary and/or underway in some countries to address this gender gap. Further, entrepreneurship poses a challenge and an opportunity. The challenge: the risk involved with starting a business, or cost to education, is often too precarious for women who have less access to resources. Men are nearly twice as likely as women to be self-employed, three times more likely than women to own a business with employees across OECD countries. The opportunity: as entrepreneurs, women can gain agency and control over their own time and capital. The good news for the economy is that if women became successful entrepreneurs at equal rates to men, global GDP could rise by as much as 2% annually. G(irls)20 delegates seek to develop social and financial interventions that will enable young women in G20 countries to access the financing, tools and networks necessary to close the gender gap in entrepreneurship and STEM.


G(irls)20 invites panelists to illuminate the opportunities for G20 recommendations. How can G(irls)20 delegates direct advocacy to ensure the G20 leaders commit to the policies and programs to address young women’s participation in STEM and entrepreneurialism? How should delegates engage in social impact in their home countries to achieve this goal?



  • Janelle Reiko Sasaki, Director, Gender Brand, Marketing & Communications, W20 Japan Committee Member, EY Japan
  • Astrid Fontaine, Member of the Board People, Digitalization & IT Company, Bentley Motors Ltd
  • Marieme Jamme, Founder, iamtheCODE

11:30 – 12:15 PM


Moderator: Hiroko Nakamura, MASHING UP


Young women’s labour participation varies greatly depending on demographics, whether it is educational attainment, class and/or legal status. Across the spectrum, we must take significant and urgent action to achieve parity for women. The G(irls)20 delegates seek to advocate both for effective recruitment and retention of women in the workforce. These policies must be put in place while acknowledging the precarious position of vulnerable and displaced persons within G20 countries. All vulnerable people in the workforce require increased protection, through legal mechanisms and regulation, as well as promotion through mentorship, access to childcare, and flexible work environments.

G(irls)20 invites panelists to explore the legal and legislative mechanisms that will enable the full participation of women in the workforce. How can G(irls)20 delegates direct advocacy to ensure the G20 leaders commit to the policies and programs needed to address all women’s workforce participation? How should delegates engage in social impact in their home countries to achieve this goal?



  • Yukiko Tsukamoto, Principal, Bain Japan
  • Mariko Saito, National Coordinator, WE EMPOWER Japan

12:15 – 1:30 PM

Buffet Lunch


1:30 – 2:00 PM



2:00 – 2:50 PM


Moderator: Jacquelyn Kankam, Manager Environment Sustainability, Air Canada


G(irls)20 delegates have identified that young women are disproportionately impacted in their communities and at work by sexual violence and health issues. Further, delegates have identified health literacy and socio-cultural-religious beliefs as pervasive barriers to improving health and mental health outcomes in their communities. While health outcomes have largely been treated separately from mental health challenges in the past, G(irls)20 seeks to illuminate how co-occurring illnesses can be treated holistically to improve women’s health. To make tangible strides in these areas, delegates are keen to see G20 governments allocate significant resources to make sexual education, mental and physical health services more affordable for women.


G(irls)20 invites panelists to identify the opportunities to make progress on young women’s health outcomes, which will ultimately enable the full participation of women in the workforce. How can G(irls)20 delegates direct advocacy to ensure the G20 leaders commit to the policies and programs needed to improve these health outcomes? How should delegates engage in social impact in their home countries to achieve this goal? In what ways to young women’s health and mental health outcomes speak to the G20 commitment to reduce the gender gap in labour market participation by 25% in 2025?



  • Dr. Yasmin Ali Haque, UNICEF Representative in India
  • Tomoko Fukuda, Chief, Advocacy Group, Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning
  • Takashi Izutsu, Associate Professor, University of Tokyo


Special Address:

Kazuko Fukuda, Founder, #Nandenaino 

2:50 – 3:30 PM

Coffee Break with Speakers


 3:30 – 4:25 PM


Moderator: Carrie Kirkman, Chair, G(irls)20


Throughout the day, audience members have heard about the changes we need to make at the local, national and international scale to achieve gender equality and economic inclusion for young women. How do we get there? What strategies can the G(irls)20 Delegates – as individuals and as a global community – employ to successfully advocate their agenda?

As the original disruptors, innovators and change-makers, panelists are invited to reflect on their greatest achievements in the quest for social and economic equality. What has changed since you started? What fights have you encountered along the way? What do the future battlegrounds look like? And what advice can you provide to the next generation of young female leaders?  


  • Haruno Yoshida, Co-Chair, W20
  • Nadia Theodore, Consul General of Canada in Atlanta, United States
  • Sachiko Osawa, Executive Director, Chabujo (Chabudai Gaeshi Joshi Action)

4:25 – 4:50 PM


Moderator: Jennifer Sloan, G(irls)20 Board Director


In the drive to cultivate a generation of female leaders, G(irls)20 approaches leadership development for delegates by building critical 21st-century skills for young women. While delegates learn to write policy and advocate for global change at the G20, they also launch Social Impact Initiatives in their home communities to transform change at the grassroots. Throughout the Summit, participants will hear about the policy changes required to create tangible economic gains for girls and women around the world and about to meaningfully and effectively be advocates for change. In this panel, the conversation will bring change back home. Participants will gain insight on how each and every one of them can improve the lives of girls and women in their communities. This panel will feature three G(irls)20 Ambassadors who brought the Summit home with them for incredible community impact!


  • Tanvi Girotra, 2010 Delegate for India and G(irls)20 Board Director
  • Akane Nakamura, 2017 Delegate for Japan
  • Valerie Weisler, 2019 Delegate for the United States

4:50 – 5:00 PM

Closing Comments & Adjournment


5:00 – 5:30 PM

Official Photograph of Delegates


5:30 – 7:30 PM

Official Reception Hosted by the Canadian Embassy to Japan (by invite only)


A Network of Female Leaders 

Trailblazing Panelists &

an Inspiring Keynote

Networking with Like-minded

Female Leaders

Opportunity to Have Your Voice

Heard by the G20 Leaders 


The 2019 Summit Agenda Topics


Young Women’s Labour Inclusion


Health and Mental Health


Female Entrepreneurship and STEM


Attendee Information 

G(irls)20 welcomes individuals of all ages who are interested in learning how to increase young women’s inclusion in decision-making while empowering and engaging female leaders in all sectors. The G(irls)20 Summit encourages people to attend from various fields including but not limited to tech, science, humanities, politics and the service sector.

  • The G(irls)20 Summit is accessible to those who speak English and Japanese. Attendees will have the option to receive simultaneous translation from English to Japanese.
  • The G(irls)20 Summit attempts to be fully accessible to all individuals. If you are looking to attend and have specific physical exceptionalities, please contact info@girls20.org and we will work with you to ensure you have the most comfortable experience possible.
  • Want to attend but require childcare, please contact info@girls20.org