Delegates From Around the World Gather for First-Ever G(irls)20 Summit

TORONTO, June 7 /CNW/ - On June 16th, the first-ever G(irls)20 Summit will kick off in Toronto just before the world's leaders gather for the G20 Summit.

Modelled after the G20, the G(irls)20 Summit will bring together one girl from each of the 20 countries to discuss how girls and women can help solve some of the world's greatest challenges. A seat has also been allocated for a girl representing the African Union.

Between June 16th and 18th, the delegates will work together to develop tangible solutions to global challenges. From the 19th to the 25th, they will participate in various workshops addressing problem solving, mentorship and leadership, financial literacy, media relations, government relations and how to utilize social media and technology to communicate globally.

The following events are open to the media. Please note: media accreditation is required. Please visit www.girlsandwomen.com to fill out the application form. The deadline to apply for accreditation is Friday, June 11th by Noon EST.

    
    Event Details:
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    Date:  Wednesday June 16th, 2010

    Where: Rotman School of Management (Atrium)
           105 St. George St.

    9:30 am Opening Ceremonies - The Honourable Belinda Stronach

    9:45 am Opening Panel: What is the greatest challenge facing girls and
    women today? What practical solution would you put in place to address
    the challenge you have identified?
    -   Sarah Kambou, International Centre for Research on Women
    -   Pamela Shifman, NOVO Foundation
    -   Swan Paik, Nike Foundation
    -   Jill Sheffield, Women Deliver
    -   Zainab Salbi, Women for Women International

    The speakers from the opening panel will be available for interviews on
    the 16th.

    11:45 am-12:30pm Presentation and Qs&As: The Common Sense of Education
    Speaker: Ndungu Kahilu, Plan (Nairobi)

    1:45 pm-3:00pm Presentation and Qs&As: The Economic Prowess of Girls &
    Women
    Speaker: Reeta Roy, President, Mastercard Foundation

    Date:  Thursday, June 17th, 2010

    1:30pm-3:00pm Presentation: Maternal & Child Health and private screening
    of No Woman, No Cry
    (NO CAMERAS OR RECORDING DEVICES)

    Where: Scotiabank Theatre
           John and Richmond Location

    6:00pm-8:00 pm G(irls)20 Summit Reception
    Where: Brassaii Restaurant
           461 King Street West

    Date:  Friday, June 18th, 2010

    Time:  2:00pm Press Conference led by G(irls)20 Delegates

    Where: Venue to be confirmed

    July 19th - July 25th, 2010

    Workshops and a visit to Ottawa

    Where: Various locations
    

For more information on the G(irls)20 Summit or to apply for media accreditation, please visit www.girlsandwomen.com.

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For further information: For further information: and interview requests, please contact: Laurie Weir, Veritas Communications, weir@veritascanada.com, P: (416) 482-0723, M: (416) 318-1936; Lisa An, Veritas Communications, an@veritascanada.com, P: (416) 955-4587, M: (647) 292-2478

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