In just two months, young women from countries around the world will meet in Buenos Aires, Argentina for the 9th G(irls)20 Global summit! The delegates, representing 26 countries from South Africa to Russia, Columbia to Japan, will discover they share a universal bond: the motivation and dedication to create opportunity for all young women — by ensuring gender equality issues take centre stage at the G20 Summit.
So, that’s a big promise…how does G(irls)20 achieve that?
Since 2010, G(irls)20 has brought together women aged 18-23 in advance of the G20, to represent the G20 members + underrepresented regions. For one week, they receive world-class leadership and entrepreneurship training, learn from international gender experts, and collaborate their expertise and experience to produce a final Communiqué – a set of policy recommendation to G20 leaders.
To mark the end of G(irls)20’s Global Summit in October, the 26 delegates will present their Communiqué to Pedro Villagra Delgado, Argentina’s Sherpa to the G20. The Communiqué will offer policy recommendations in 4 key areas, that currently pose as barriers to young women’s inclusion in the global economy:
Why does the Communiqué matter? G(irls)20 has a track record of pushing for change at the G20. We were the first organization to conceptualize an engagement group focused exclusively on youth/women’s issues. And in 2014, we saw our demand for girls & women’s inclusion in the economy realized – with a G20 commitment to creating 100 million jobs for girls & women!
More importantly, it matters for the 180 former delegates and 26 incoming delegates who will return to their home countries as advocates. These young women – already community leaders– give voice to lived experience and add texture to policies often concocted away from the people they affect, in closed rooms.
Who is consulted?
In order to truly represent young women from around the world, G(irls)20 delegates must have a mandate from the young women they represent. Inspired by the consultative process developed at Canada’s Y7, we surveyed the nearly 600 young women who had applied to the Global Summit in 2018. The result provides delegates a roadmap from problem to solution to arrive at their final Communiqué. Here’s a sneak peek at what we learned:
Here’s the boring but important part – what does the data tell us?
By finding consensus about which barriers are most present in these young women’s lives, our delegates will have a compass to guide them through the Communiqué process. The incredible news? We split the data to see how responses changed when different regions were excluded from the sample. The result: the same top 1 or 2 barriers still proved to be most relevant – no matter the region. There is global consensus around some key gender equality issues!
What happens next?
After handing over the Communiqué to Argentina’s G20 Sherpa, the delegates will develop a Plan of Attack – for how to use the Communiqué as an advocacy tool upon their return home. They will learn about communications from Edelman, how to influence change from Amnesty International, and leave with connections to their own country’s G20 Sherpas. And on our end, we at G(irls)20 use the Communiqué to advocate at G20 consultations, sharing the results at political and business conferences, and amplifying young women’s voices across our social media platforms.
By: Bailey Greenspon, Senior Program Manager, G(irls)20