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International Girls Summit 2006

> Listen to Girls and Imagine the Possibilities…
Imagine girls sharing as equals in decision-making about issues most important to them.

Imagine girls gaining leadership tools to improve their lives and the lives of people worldwide.

Imagine a diverse, global delegation of girls creating a 21st Century Girls’ Platform for Action, sparking a movement involving thousands of girls worldwide.

That is exactly what happened! GIF was awarded a $200,000 matching grant from the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to host an International Girls Summit. The Summit took place in Minnesota July 8-16, 2006. The primary aims of the Summit were to call attention to global issues facing girls and women, develop community-based action projects to address them, and create bonds among the attendees that will strengthen and inspire them as they grow.

A diverse, national steering committee of 15 girls (ages 12-18) developed and organized all aspects of the Summit project. This committee reached out to their international peers with the goal of uniting them in global efforts to improve lives. They recruited teams (each team includes five girls and two women mentors) from around the world. Teams came from Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Indonesia, Israel, India, and the United States and worked together to create the Girls Platform for Action.

Each team added their unique community-based project to the Girls Platform for Action. These projects ran the gamut: From creating a girl-directed documentary exposing gender-based violence in South Africa, to peer- tutoring for children without schools due to natural disasters in Indonesia. Throughout the week, the teams of girls learned and practiced the skills needed to return to their communities to change policies that will improve lives of girls. They left the Summit with detailed year-long action projects that they are now hard at work implementing in their communities, with the support of their Women Mentors. The passion for action fueled this gathering and immeasurable benefits of idea-sharing, and cultural exchange were no small complement to the Summit’s success.

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During the summit, GIF held its first annual Global Girls Day to provide an opportunity for additional girls from the United States to come together, interact with the international teams, and participate in workshops to learn skills they need to take action to reach their goals. Girls learned that they can challenge the status quo when it does not support them and that they must build bridges with others to institute real change.

GIF brings together the women of today and tomorrow to share ideas, take action, and create allies - sparking a global movement to inspire change and promote social justice and equality.

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