We have the most amazing group of delegates at this year’s summit, and I can tell this will be a life-changing week. We already have our official “unofficial” translator Magdaly to help us embrace the culture we are seeing everywhere around us, and I am trying to pick up some Spanish. I haven’t succeeded much yet, but I have nine days to keep trying.
Because today is our first official summit day, many of the girls shared their excitement of the workshops and events to come, and although we come from many different places, we share the same enthusiasm. A sampling:
Elisabeth Jessop (United States): I am looking forward to connecting with other dedicated changemakers and combining our efforts to truly make a difference for women and girls across the globe. I look forward to meeting with key officials who have the power to make change. I want to bring strong leadership and create a place for women on the G20 agenda.
Priyanka Roychoudhury (India): I am so excited that finally I am here in Mexico City. Looking forward to making some memorable moments with these awesome girls I just met! And of course I hope to gain as much knowledge from this summit as I possibly can. I also look forward to meeting the esteemed panel members and officials capable of bringing big changes for the benefit of women and girls around the world!
Megumi Yamamoto (United Kingdom): I am looking forward to opening myself to as many different perspectives as possible, and keeping my mind completely open to new, if unusual ideas. I bring unique characteristics such as negotiation and pacifying skills, as well as stimulating thought through critical questioning.
Disty Winata (Indonesia): I am looking forward to sharing a week of inspiration and learning experiences with 20 other accomplished delegates. Meeting them today has made me believe that reducing gender gaps and getting women's and girl's issues to the G20 Leaders Summit agenda is no longer a dream. I'm so fortunate to be given the opportunity to represent Indonesia, to speak, to listen and to actively participate in this ground-breaking summit.
Sally Dimachki (France): Looking forward to learning from all those amazing 20 girls and the people taking part in the G20 summit. We've been together for less than 24 hours and silence has not been heard yet. This communiqué will be legendary!
Tomoko Kaida (Japan): What we have in Mexico now is an extraordinary group of girls, and I am highly interested in the results we are going to archive in forthcoming days. By all means, I shall strive to contribute by introducing the Japanese perspective. Thank you for having us here, Mexico City.
More to come from our first workshops!