A CLEVER student from Greenfield will be flying the flag for women of the United Kingdom at a prestigious G(irls)20 Summit in China later this year.
Phoebe Price, 19, will represent the nation at the event, which focuses on the challenges before the G20 while also making strategic investments in the skills sets of girls and women.
The summit in Beijing on August 8-9 will bring together one delegate from each G20 country, plus representatives from the European and African Unions, the MENA region, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The girls, aged 18-23, will take part in workshops, participate in discussions with local and global experts, then produce a communique with solutions to increase female labour force participation.
And Phoebe, who recently ranked in the top three per cent worldwide with her International Baccalaureate results, was delighted to be chosen to represent her country for the event.
After filing out an application form, she was interviewed by the CEO of Girls20 Farah Mohamed and delegates were announced on International Women’s Day last month.
“I am honoured and excited to be chosen,” said the former Manchester High School for Girls pupil who now studies English Literature at Durham University.
“I’m really looking forward to meeting the other inspiring delegates and sharing ideas with them on how we can improve female labour force participation and opportunities for women.
“Giving women equal opportunities is such an important issue, relevant in all countries. It not only improves the quality of life of the woman and empowers her, but also benefits the country.
“Companies with more women executives earn a significantly higher profit, when 10 per cent more girls go to school a country’s GDP increases by 3 per cent on average and if women had the same access to land as men world hunger would be reduced by 150 million people.
“I’m excited to advocate the empowerment of women through equal opportunities. If you want global progress you need to listen to more than half of the population.”
After the summit, with the assistance of G(irls)20 and their partners, Phoebe will be launching an initiative to help empower girls and women in England, increasing their knowledge, skills, confidence and self-belief.