Monday night, Farah Mohamed the founder of the G(irls)20 Summit provided the perfect close for our season and an opening for future seasons to envision the possibilities of our young stewards.
Farah’s talk began with a little about her – how she began her career in communications, and quickly transitioned into politics, her ongoing love. After politics, she worked with The VON, which gave her a strong understanding of how non-profit organizations change and help communities.
She was then recruited by Belinda Stronach, and while there as President of the Belinda Stronach Foundation, founded and branched off to form the G(irls)20 Summit, her passion and most rewarding accomplishment.
The summit brings together girls from around the world to brainstorm solutions to global economic concerns which are then brought to G20 leaders.
Farah believes the girls she brings to the G(irls)20 Summit, and many who are not part of the summit, have the power to change and shape the world’s economic and financial landscape. They are the stewards of the world.
The Summit approaches the world political and financial leaders from their own frame of reference: According to the 2012 Communiqué of The G(IRLS) 20 Summit, “Countries and companies will thrive if women are educated and engaged as fundamental pillars of the economy.
” Further, research shows an unmistakable correlation between gender equality and the country’s GDP and level of competitiveness.
It has been shown that secure land rights can increase agricultural production by 60 per cent and income by 150 per cent.
The World Bank has stated that “the income and resources that women control wield disproportionately strong effects on health and nutrition outcomes.” Countries, where women lack land ownership, have, on average, sixty percent more malnourished children.
Impactful statistics, on their own, but the delegates don’t just talk, they take action, examples of two Summit delegate alumni who are changing the world are:
Indonesia, 2010 Delegate. Kartika founded a mobile library and art gallery for the residents of impoverished neighbourhoods in Depok, a suburb outside of Jakarta, Indonesia.
African Union, 2011 Delegate. Lilian is creating awareness on reproductive health to communities living in the rural areas of Kenya with the main target being girls and women.
Involvement from sponsors of the G(irls)20 Summit goes far beyond “chequebook philanthropy” with companies hosting workshops and donating products, expertise and providing worldwide mentorship opportunities for these budding leaders.
Farah’s vision is creating worldwide change for girls and women while providing them with a platform where they recognize from an early age that they will be taken seriously by world leaders while they are receiving the support and mentorship they will need to ensure their success.
Kudos to you Farah, to the organizations supporting The G(irls)20 Summit and kudos to our brave young stewards!