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The New Fora Logo
The New Fora Logo

This past August saw a series of announcements from G(irls)20 including a name change to Fora.

Why change their name? Fora shared with its stakeholders and the public the following:

"Over the past two years, we have seen a seismic shift across the world, and we have heard calls from our community, rightly demanding more from the gender equality movement. As we developed our new strategic plan, we consulted our program participants, partners, staff, board of directors, and our broader community, and the feedback helped us focus our new strategic plan on two core areas: impact and growth. This strategy better supports our community, our wider mission, and our founding principles.

What emerged through the strategic planning process was a natural shift in the presentation of the organization. With this, G(irls)20 has evolved with a new name. Fora is the plural of Forum and is defined as a meeting place of ideas. The key strength of our organization has always been our summits where lived experience, knowledge, and mentorship created a learning network by and for young women leaders. We feel the new name is a great fit for our work while also allowing us space to grow and evolve.

Fora's programs and operations will continue to be participant-informed, using an intersectional lens that especially considers the experiences of Black, Indigenous, and racialized community members, the different lived experiences of youth around the world, and the diversity of genders."

The YouTube link provided with this update is the official announcement from Fora's CEO.

What remains the same is their mission and vision of “a world in which young women are able to participate fully in the economic growth, political stability and social innovations of their countries.”

Starting in 2022, as part of the new strategy, the Global Summit will no longer be aligned directly to the G20 but instead become a standalone, independent Summit hosted annually in Toronto, Canada and with a focus on leadership development, advocacy, and policy-creation training. Delegates will come from across the globe and, with leadership training provided by Fora, be prepared to advocate in local, national, and international decision-making spaces.

Fora has also created two new programs that are being launched this autumn:

  1. A Master Class of their signature Girls on Boards, which is an intensive weekend program that will focus on building the technical and essential skills required to join a non-profit governance board.
  2. The Next Level program provides young women and gender diverse youth from the retail and hospitality sectors in Canada with leadership and social entrepreneurship training along with supportive coaching to navigate the changing economy on their own terms. Next Level features weekly live, online workshops and bi-weekly coaching. The pilot session starts in November, 2021.

BBS is very excited about the growth of G(irls)20 under their new name and with the addition of their new programs.  All the funds that have been raised through our GlobalGiving dedicated project page will be used as originally stated for the Summit and specifically to support the delegates.

We want to thank our donors for their support and look forward to sharing the 2022 Summit delegate announcements.


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Taken Before The Pandemic at the Japan Summit
Taken Before The Pandemic at the Japan Summit

For eleven years, the Global Summit has followed the G20 to each host country and produced a Communiqué, calling on G20 Leaders to adopt policies that will promote women and girls’ economic participation. In 2020, the Summit was held virtually due to the global pandemic.

G(irls)20 has shared a strategic plan that outlines changes for the Summit. The Summit will no longer be aligned directly to the G20 but will instead be a standalone, independent Summit with partnerships in the corporate sector and civil society.

G(irls)20 will host an annual Summit in Toronto, Canada with a focus on leadership development, advocacy and policy-creation training. Delegates will come from across the globe and be selected based on their potential as young female leaders. Once delegates have attended the Summit and feel adequately prepared, they will be sent to spaces of power to carry forward the voices of young women, where they will have a real and tangible platform for influence.

The COVID-19 pandemic has continued well into 2021. In order to prioritize the G(irls)20 team’s wellness and have sufficient time to redesign the Summit, the next Summit will take place in spring of 2022. 

The Summit is being redesigned with support from the G(irls)20 team, their Steering Committee, and their broader community. Based on the work of the team, the Steering Committee and responses to a community survey, a final strategy document will be shared back with the community in autumn 2021 through a blog and webinar. All of the GlobalGiving donors will be notified of the webinar date so that they can join the discussion andlearn more about what is planned.

G(irls)20 is committed to bringing young women together for dialogue and collaboration. The spring 2022 Summit will have an age range of 18-24 and young women from all countries will be eligible. Depending on COVID-19 restrictions and worldwide vaccination rates, the Summit will either be in-person or online. Other aspects of our Summit are still to be determined, including eligibility for participation, workshop content, and opportunities for delegates after the Summit. In Autumn of 2021, G(irls)20 will announce the dates for the Summit, eligibility criteria, and programming content and that will be the focus of our next report.  As a next step we’ll also update the Summit’s project page to reflect these exciting changes.

While going through the strategic process for the Summit, the other big news from G(irls) 20 is the release of a new global report co-authored with NewNow on young women in leadership.

In the release for the report G(irls) 20 wrote that “despite a body of research reflecting young women’s enthusiasm and drive to get involved in leadership, their participation remains constrained, and younger women continue to be excluded from decision-making spaces.  When young leaders were asked how they feel life would differ with equal global representation, their answers reflected a more inclusive society, economy and workforce. They expressed high confidence in a woman’s ability to positively impact the world, as was their commitment to ensuring inclusive representation in our communities.”

This report is available to read and download by clicking here.

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Quote from G(irls) 20


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