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World’s girls to gather for summit

Girls from the G20 nations — whose members include Canada, Argentina, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, the U.S., Germany, China, and France — are being asked to represent their country at a Toronto summit that will take place before the June gathering of global leaders.

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Girls from the G20 nations — whose members include Canada, Argentina, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, the U.S., Germany, China, and France — are being asked to represent their country at a Toronto summit that will take place before the June gathering of global leaders.

They’ll be expected to talk about problems that plague girls in their homeland and have ideas on how to solve them.

The young women at the summit, whose chief organizer is the Belinda Stronach Foundation, will choose the agenda when they meet in Toronto 10 days before the G20 meeting proper.

They’ll likely talk about school, early pregnancy, the burden of girls’ work, and maybe the hot topic of abortion. The solutions will be passed on to the heavyweights at G20 summit June 26-27.

The criteria? Be 18 to 20 years old, “passionate, forward-thinking (and) solution oriented”, the application says.

“We want to make sure we get as grassroots as we can — it’s not about the girl with the highest grade point average or the poorest girl,” said Farah Mohamed, president of the Belinda Stronach Foundation, which formally announced the girls’ meeting yesterday.

“We want girls who possess leadership qualities, who can speak frankly of their lives and their challenges but also opportunities. This is a positive campaign.”

 
 
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