We've all heard of the G-20 Summit: a meeting of world leaders and financial experts who promote, in their own words, "open and constructive discussion between industrial and emerging-market countries on key issues related to global economic stability." Thousands of protestors at each Summit might disagree with that characterization, but that's the basic idea - countries and big banks, talking about money. But there's a lot more to economics than large-scale stability: what about the individuals who live in those G-20 countries?
Starting last year, The Belinda Stronach Foundation spearheaded a different kind of conference, which takes place in the run up to the G-20: The G(irls)20 Summit. The first G(irls)20 took place last year in Toronto, and the current Summit is happening right now in France. The focus is the same as the G-20 - economic innovation - but the participants are all girls aged 18-20.
With one delegate from each of the G-20 countries, plus a representative from the chair country of the African Union, representatives come from all over the world to share ideas about the role of women and girls in economic development. In panel discussions, workshops, and caucuses, they discuss ways of empowering girls and women to improve the world economy. Canada's representative this year is Queen's University economics major Hanan Dhanani, who's focused on promoting microfinance in developing countries.
Learn more about the G(irls)20 below, and follow Jennifer Hollett on Twitter (@JenniferHollett) for live updates: