This section of our site will help you learn more about G(irls)20. If you have any additional questions, email us! We’d love to hear from you.


Why do we do this?

Because, we can’t afford not to! A few facts:
Giving women the same access to non-land resources and services as men could increase yields on women’s land by up to 30 per cent, raise total agricultural output in developing countries by up to 4% and reduce the number of hungry people in the world by 100-150 million.

  • Closing the joblessness gap between girls and their male counterparts would yield an increase in GDP of up to 1.2 per cent in a single year;
  • When a girl in the developing world receives seven years of education, she marries four years later and has 2.2 fewer children; and,
  • Raising the female labor force participation rate (FLFPR) to country-specific male levels would, for instance, raise GDP in the United States by 5 percent, in Japan by 9 percent, in the United Arab Emirates by 12 percent, and in Egypt by 34 percent.
Who are your partners?

We use a multi-pronged approach to cultivate collective action by harnessing partnerships across the private, social profit, academic and government sectors. Our partners are an integral part of our success – click here to view our partners.

What is your charitable registration number?

G(irls)20 is a non partisan, registered charity in Canada. Our registration # is 831021506RR0001.

G(irls)20 Summits

What is the G(irls)20 Summit?

The G(irls)20 Summit is modeled after the G20 Leaders’ Summit, selecting one delegate from each G20 nation plus a representative from the European & African Unions, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the MENA Region. The delegates meet before the leaders of the world’s most powerful nations meet at the G20 Leader’s Summit. We do this in advance of their meeting so that we can present recommendations for consideration by G20 Leaders.

There are 3.5 billion girls and women in the world; this represents 3.5 billion ways to improve the world but without opportunities and investments in their education (formal and informal), the potential of girls and women as economic and social agents of change is lost.

G(irls)20 focus on the fact that girls with economic opportunities grow in value in their communities and their communities grow with them. Girls invest in themselves, their families and other girls, creating a ripple effect that can lift entire communities out of poverty.

G(irls)20 mobilizes the private, social profit, academic and government sectors to present achievable recommendations to G20 Leaders via a global platform that represents half the world’s population. With this in mind, we have devised a program that economically & politically empowers adolescent girls, unlocks their economic potential and gives them the skills they need to flourish. We work with incredible people and organizations to ignite adolescent girls’ potential and unleash the impact they can have on their communities and countries.

How is G(irls)20 different that the W20?

G(irls)20 has been working with the G20 member states since 2010 on the importance of increasing female labour force participation as a key to economic growth. We are pleased that the G20 made a commitment in 2014 to create 100 million new jobs by 2025.  While G(irls)20 and W20 are both focussed on the economic empowerment, the G(irls)20’s mandate includes both girls and women, we bring together a delegation that represents every G20 member state and we offer an independent analysis and global ideas for action to help the G20 meets its goal.

What is the focus of the G(irls)20 Summit?

The agenda for the G(irls)20 Summit mirrors that of the G20 Leaders’ by focusing on economic innovation and the role girls and women can play in building strong and innovative economies. in 2014, G20 member states made a commitment to create 100 million new jobs for women by 2025.  Our summit is a direct response to this commitment.

When and where will the next Summit be held?

The 8th annual G(irls)20 Summit took place on June 17th-22nd 2017 in Munich, Germany.

Who is qualified to apply to be a delegate?

The applicants must be 18-23 (few exceptions) years of age at the time of the Summit and must be a citizen of the country they wish to represent. They will have demonstrated a desire to develop solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges and to be catalysts for change in their own communities and countries.

Which countries are in the G20?

Argentina • Australia • Brazil • Canada • China • France • Germany • India • Indonesia • Italy • Japan • Republic of Korea Mexico • Russia • Saudi Arabia • South Africa • Turkey • the United Kingdom • the United States and the European Union.

Since 2010, the African Union has had a seat at the G20 Leaders’ & G(irls)20 Summits. Since 2014, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the MENA Region have had a seat at the G(irls)20 Summit.

Why is the age limited to 18-23 years?

This is the period of time of great development.

How do I apply?

By completing the delegate application, providing a reference and if possible, submitting a video. The 2016 Application period is now closed and the 2016 delegates have been selected! Please visit the application page to learn more about important dates and information and the 2016 delegate page to learn more about this year’s cohort!

How are the delegates chosen?

The opportunity is disseminated in partnership with dozens of organizations at grassroots and high-level.
Delegates are selected from among hundreds of applicants and are chosen based on their responses to questions that focus on entrepreneurship, leadership, personal triumph and analytical skills.

Why are you focusing on the G20 leaders rather than the G8 leaders?

We focus on the economic prowess of girls and women. G20 leaders are focusing on the economic challenges facing the world. The G20 leaders can tackle many of the challenges they are facing if they empower girls and women. We see the link and we are hoping to have them see the link as well.

Will the delegates meet G20 leaders?

The delegates meet in advance of the leaders arriving in China. There is no plan at this time for the delegates to meet the world’s leaders.  In past Summits, a member of the G20 Sherpa team for the Host Country will participate in the G(irls)20 Summit and the host delegate will present the official communique of the G(irls)20 Summit to a high level member of government.

Why did you launch this campaign?

Girls and women are an amazing resource and when included appropriately can make the difference in the health and wealth of their families, communities and countries.

A woman will spend 90% of her earnings on her family, compared to a man who spends only 30%. Economist after economist and study after study will speak about the significant role girls and women can play in improving the economy of a community and a country.

According to Larry Summers, the former chief economist of the World Bank, “Investment in girls’ education may well be the highest-return investment available in the developing world.”

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. (Source: Goldman Sachs, Half the Sky).

What is the cost of the Summit? Who is funding this Summit?

The costs are kept to a minimum by seeking  in-kind support – for example – Macroblu is the force behind our logo, design needs and website. Foundations and private sector companies assist with the costs of the Summit. Please visit our partner section of this website to see a complete list of our partners.

Bootcamp For Brains

What is Bootcamp for Brains?

Bootcamp for Brains is a skill-building course for girls aged 15-17 that will provide girls with the building blocks to find their voice to become powerful future leaders. Courses focus on: financial fundamentals, negotiation, communication & media training, presentation & leadership training and building your digital footprint and how to galvanize change.

When and where will Bootcamp for Brains be located?

The inaugural Bootcamp for Brains will take place in Ottawa, Canada in 2016.  Stay tuned for more info on the next Bootcamp for Brains. 

How do I apply?

Visit the Bootcamp for Brains page to apply today!

Why are we fundraising if participants are paying to attend?

Funds raised through events and sponsors are utilized in three ways: 1) scholarships for 50% of the participants to ensure a diverse group, 2) program development and 3) outreach across the country to ensure the opportunity is as widespread as possible.

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