(G(irls)20 Summit US delegate, Tara Suri)
This week has been an awesome opportunity to connect with women from the G20 nations to develop a comprehensive report that calls on the G20 leaders to focus on women and girls.
As you know, women and girls face a complex and interrelated set of challenges, which include domestic violence, health barriers and socioeconomic inequalities.
These problems not only impact half the population — a huge number in itself — but also the world. By addressing the G20 leaders, the G(irls)20 Summit hopes to bring attention to the critical importance of focusing on women and girls.
Over the past few days, we have heard from various leaders and experts including, Dr. Shetty from the World Bank, actor and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Forest Whitaker, and international supermodel Alek Wek.
I have enjoyed learning and having fun with the other delegates, whether it is through conference sessions, informal conversations or on trips to the Notre Dame!
Today, after a long day of discussion and debate, we finished our report.
Tomorrow, we will present it to the press and a representative of the French government.
I’m excited to see how it is received, and how moving forward, we can continue to emphasize the role of girls and women as change-agents and forge a more peaceful, equal and meaningful world.
I’ve been dedicated to empowering women since I was 13, so this week has been an amazing experience that has harnessed the power of girls to create change.