3.5 Billion Ways to Change the World (Change Agents needed) – Girls, Boys, Women, Men, Funders, Policy makers, Business People, NGO’s


3.5 Billion ways to change the world

Halifax Finance Inc. was founded because women internationally have a harder time to access financing.  Following our mission to make global changes for women and girls, Halifax Finance Inc. is proud to be a partner with the The G(irls)20 Summit – 3.5 Billion Ways to Change the World.

Why 3.5 billion ways to change the world?  There are 3.5 billion girls and women in the world.  Whether you are a girl, boy, woman, man, funder, policymaker, businessperson or an NGO (non-profit), you can help bring to the attention of the world the role of girls and women in economic and social development.

OPPORTUNITY –  If you are a passionate, forward thinking, solution oriented young woman from a G20 country or can represent the European or African Union and will be 18-20 years of age at the time of the Summit (May 29th to June 4th), you are invited to apply.

The Belinda Stronach Foundation in partnership with a number of private sector companies (Halifax Finance Inc.) are committed to ensuring that the experience is accessible to all, and will be assisting with the costs of the Summit for delegates selected to attend, including flights and accommodations.

The  G(irls)20 2012 Summit  application phase opened on November 28th, 2011 and will close at 11:59 pm EST on January 9th, 2012.

This initiative is a global campaign that features a Summit modeled after the G20 leaders meeting; bringing together one delegate from each G20 country, a representative from the European Union, and a representative from the African Union. Delegates come together to debate, discuss and design innovative solutions for the economic challenges facing the leaders. The participants are all girls, aged 18- 20.

This “3.5 Billion Ways” initiative is a campaign is about real change. It is an opportunity to add your voice to the discussion around solutions that can literally change the world. This campaign is about ideas and action.

Studies have shown that for every dollar a woman earns, she invests 90 cents in her family, compared to that of their male counterpart girls and women are a lifeline for the well being of their families, communities and countries. Educating girls and women leads to higher wages; a greater likelihood of working outside the home; lower fertility; reduced maternal and child mortality; and better health and education.

G20 countries: Argentina • Australia • Brazil • Canada • China • France • Germany • India • Indonesia • Italy • Japan • Mexico •Russia • Saudi Arabia • South Africa • South Korea • Turkey • UK • USA and a representative of the European Union and one representative from the African Union.

The delegates participate in panel discussions, attend workshops (media relations, social media, business planning, etc.) and caucus to discuss and promote tangible, scalable solutions toward economic prosperity, culminating in a delegate led press conference and communiqué that provides a blueprint on how to utilize and engage one of the best resources in the world – girls and women. What sets this summit apart from other events is that the delegates are required to return home to their communities and to put their Summit experience into action. In fact, as a result of last year’s Summit, six girl led initiatives have emerged girls and women.

This summit is designed to provide ideas and actions to unleash change.  Help us change the World!

HOW?  Girls, boys, women, men, funders, policy makers, business people, and NGO’s – Visit the website and get your number.

If you are a young woman aged 18 – 20 apply to the summit and become part of the upcoming summit to make changes.

Facebook Fan Page www.facebook.com/Girls20Summit

Twitter http://twitter.com/Girls20Summit

Site http://www.Girls20Summit.com  Make your NUMBER count.

THE FACTS:

122 million girls in Sub-Saharan Africa live on less than $1 a day. – World Bank 2007

An extra year of education increases a girl’s income by 10 to 20% and is a significant step on the road to breaking the cycle of poverty. – Plan UK 2009

In India, girls from 1 to 5 years of age are 50 per cent more likely to die than boys their age. – Half the Sky

Adolescent pregnancies cost Kenya’s economy US $500 million per year, while investing in girls could potentially add US $32 billion to the economy. – NIKE Foundation 2009

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