By Lara Caroline Ezequiel, Brazil Delegate 2013
I had to read the e-mail congratulating me for being selected to represent Brazil at the G(irls)20 Summit several times to believe that it was really true. A once in a lifetime opportunity to share new ideas, cultures, academic, social and life experiences with girls like myself – who want to make positive change. At the G(irls)20 Summit we will have the chance to have our voices heard and an opportunity to contribute to the economic and social empowerment of girls and from our country and the countries that are represented by the other delegates.
The biggest challenge of women in my country of Brazil is the economic and labor disparity between men and women. Brazil is a country in development, which means that the quality of life of women is increased in relation to the last years. Despite of women being the head of the family, leading big companies, having active participation in the universities, and we have even a woman as President of the Republic. That being said, it doesn’t mean that all of the Brazilian girls and women are living in this good of a situation.
Although girls and women represent over half of the Brazilian population and study more than men, we have less chance to occupy important positions on the market work. Studies show that we can earn up to 30% less doing the same job of men. Brazil occupies the 62nd position in the inequality of gender raking elaborated by the World Economic Forum in 2012, and another study demonstrates that in the competencies evaluated (education, health, survival, political and economic participation), the political and economic participation of women were the competencies that had the worst evaluation.
This is what I aim to tackle at the G(irls)20 Summit. To solve this problem, policies must be evaluated carefully. We must look to ways to ensure women have the opportunity to grow economically without compromising the quality of life and education of their family. I look forward to hearing from my counterparts how this is being solved around the world. I encourage you to share your ideas with us on the G(irls)20 Summit facebook page.