G(irls)20 Day Two: Molding Future TheGloss Bloggers

When I was invited to teach a blogging seminar as part of the G(irls)20 summit, I was worried that all the delegates – who range in age from 18 to 20 – would be way more web-savvy than I was. So this morning’s presentation wasn’t about nuts and bolts “so, this is the internet” stuff: it was about connecting people from all over the world. The delegates, who represent nations from Japan to Malawi to Romania, all have bright sparkly new blogs on the G(irls)20 website (note: the blogs were built by Joe, B5 Media tech dude extraordinaire) . Some already have blogs of their own, some barely use their Facebook accounts. But they’re all here, briefly, in Canada, sharing a series of unforgettable experiences with each other. And they have an avenue not only to document their stories but to continue blogging about the issues they care about. We settled into a computer lab at the University of Toronto and talked about everything from online privacy to writing in our native languages. We didn’t have time for a ton of blogging today, but here are a couple of things the delegates (who I’m recruiting for future jobs at TheGloss, obvs) had to say about themselves:

  • “I am an 18 years old law student from Ankara,Turkey. I grew up as the daughter of two doctors, had quite a lucky childhood with nice friends in good schools and then got into this “Oh let’s make a change and save the world’ mood approximately 5 years ago when I started participating in Model United Nations conferences.” – Irem Tumer, Turkey
  • “I am very passionate about developing the true potential of people and helping them understand and appreciate them at their true value.  One’s background,  culture or religion  should not represent an obstacle for one’s development, for one’s education, for one’s chance to demonstrate what they can really do.” – Simona Popa, Romania
  • “The other delegates are amazing girls with unique and dynamic perspectives and personalities. The presentations have been informative and the discussions fruitful.” – Leah Stuart-Sheppard, Canada
  • “As a delegate and youth ambassador, I have been partnering with multi-cause organizations, foundations and charities around the world in order to tackle Millennium Development Goals.” – Alexandra Rieger, Germany
  • “It’s an honor for me to represent my country so I’ll try to be very productive.” – Anna Malinovskaya, Russia
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    • Corporate Tool

      I love the idea, I love the content, and I love the women they’ve chosen. However, while I get the joke of G20/G(irls)20, isn’t it infantalizing to call 19/20-year-olds girls? We don’t refer to men that age as “boys.”

    • Jen Dziura

      CT, I think the idea might be that the delegates are representing girls in general in their home nations. There would be some bigger issues in flying out a slate of actual girls (who would need to have parents with them), so I think maybe the young women who are the representatives are assumed to be standing up for those younger then them.

    • Jen Dziura

      “Than.” I meant “than.” I saw it as soon as I hit “submit” and I considered trying to hit the internet with a mallet to keep that from posting.

    • Lilit Marcus

      I think the choice to call the summit G(irls)20 was because they wanted it to very clearly resemble the G20 and, well, girls starts with G. Like you, Corporate Tool, I was a little skittish about the use of the world “girls,” but for the most part the participants were referred to as “the delegates.”

    • Candace Tupin

      Hello all! I thought I’d join the conversation. And I too have read on other posts how some people are peeved that the 18-20 yr. olds are being called “Girls.” Some even refer to this as “infantilizing” them. But I believe Lilit got it right…it IS a play on the G20…AND most importantly it’s about the agenda! GIRLS! In order to tackle these Millennium Development Goals…you HAVE to begin with the children, aka in this case GIRLS (there it goes again!) and why, pray tell is it sOO bad to be called a “GIRL” ?? Huh? So that means that “girls” don’t deserve respect? Those who complain about this are in a way saying this implicitly. This is clearly not what we want to model to our girls OR boys.

    • C. Prof watson

      I salute Alexandra Rieger,her millennum development Goals, and all the outstanding young ladies-as delegates. Thes G(irls)20 are our upcoming international leaders for a better world.