G(irls)20 Summit: Girls for International Cooperation
Sevil Daminova, graduate of the IGUMO (The Institute for the Humanities and Information Technologies) Department of Foreign Languages may turn to become a delegate to the 9th Annual Women’s Conference G(irls)20 Summit in Argentina. In October, the Global Summit in Buenos Aires, timed to coincide with the events of the G20, will once again welcome female delegates between the ages of 18 and 23 with excellent knowledge of English. They will come from the G20 countries, the European and African Unions, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the states of the MENA region, including Russia. The goal of the forum is to unite the participants in leadership training courses and discussions with local and world experts in the search for solutions to the economic and social issues that girls and young women in different countries continue to face.
The key topic of the summit is upbringing of a new generation of female leaders and their subsequent consolidation. For this we do not need special organizations, Sevil Daminova believes. Girls need a strong common platform for communication, ideas generation, sharing successes and failures in the world where global information exchange is still the main issue.
Besides, potential delegates of the summit along with the application for participation needed to specify which project they would be ready to implement in their country after the conference. Sevil presented a project to expand the existing Internet portal called Eurasian Women's Community by adding a forum or a special forum website for discussing issues relevant to the G20, as well as for experts' advice on how to unlock potential of girls and women.
Reflecting on the obstacles that young women often encounter, Sevil Daminova highlights professional bias that hinders girls’ promotion up a career ladder. “There is no obvious discrimination today, but we need to reconsider the specializations in the professional structure of the society to see it as one, where the strength lies in the personality, not in hands,” says Sevil, recalling that women in leadership positions have long been developing business, science, art by no means worse, and in some ways even better that male managers. And then, according to the potential participant of the G(irls)20 Summit, there may be a global change in the status of women in the society, along with the all-round progress of women and girls.
By decision of the organizers of the forum, Sevil Daminova was invited to an open meeting of the W20, which will take place in September as part of the 2nd Eurasian Women’s Forum in St. Petersburg.
Tina Stankevich, Eurasian Women's Community Information Agency