On A Mission To Economically Empower Women And Girls

Estelle Ah-Kiow writes...

For Farah Mohamed, creating G(irls)20 was a natural way to blend her passion for the economic empowerment of women and girls with her vast experience in the political arena.

Mohamed, now a powerhouse in the world of social entrepreneurship, was previously the Vice President of  Public Affairs and Community Engagement for the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON Canada) and the President and CEO of The Belinda Stronach Foundation. However, it was Mohamed's distinguished career in politics, spanning over a decade that allowed her to acquire a deep understanding of the mechanics of government processes.

This expertise helped Mohamed design a unique social enterprise, which seeks to economically empower women and girls around the world.

Directly inspired by the G20 Architecture, G(irls)20 brings together one delegate from each G20 country, as well as representatives from the European and African Unions, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the MENA region, to discuss, debate and design solutions to the same problems that the G20 leaders will tackle later this year in Brisbane. These innovative solutions developed by the G(irls)20 delegates will then be prepared in the form of a communiqué and presented to the G20 Leaders for their consideration.

Another integral aspect of the work undertaken by G(irls)20 consists of investing in the delegates. This year, pre-Summit opportunities included media training with the global public relations firm Burson Marsteller, and Myers Briggs Leadership Assessments, which were facilitated by Norton Rose Fulbright. Post-Summit, the delegates will be enrolled in a global mentorship program, where they will have access to a panel of mentors who can assist them in creating and implementing social justice initiatives in their own communities.

G(irls)20's work is vital - girls and women represent roughly half of the world's population, so it is critical that we cultivate the next generation of female leaders that will help solve some of the complex problems facing the world.

Born and raised in Mauritius, a small island off the coast of Africa, Estelle Ah-Kiow is currently based in Mississauga, Canada. She is a writer at Swiggtalk.com and a member of PLAN Canada's Because I am a Girl Speakers Bureau. A student at the University of Toronto, Estelle has been recognized with local, national and international awards for her writing and social justice advocacy.

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