A 21-year old Economics and Management student at Cuttington University in Suakoko, Bong County, will represent the African Union (AU) at this year’s G-20 Summit in Beijing, China, after a vigorous selection process.
Finda Harriet Caillendee is currently the president of the Cuttington Chapter of Safe Cities for Girls, a group dedicated to educating girls on improving values and self-esteem as they become women.
Ms. Caillendee told the Daily Observer yesterday that the summit is not only for Liberia, but the entire African continent; and as such, Africans must support their nominees.
She will join Ms Amanda Hobana, a 20-year old South African, at the ceremony.
“This summit is very important to me because I am going to have a wider experience; meaning I am leaving Liberia for somewhere in Asia…this is very exciting since I will be meeting many other young people with vast experiences and share ideas to find solutions to problems affecting girls around the world. When we meet, we will motivate each other and come out with recommendations that we can give to G20 Summit for implementation,” she said.
She assured Liberian girls that she would lobby friends and experts at the summit to empower them.
“I think this is a bonus for Liberia and pride to young women in Liberia because for the first time a Liberian girl is going to that summit to give out information about young Liberian women by telling the world that Liberia is a country that has young girls who have visions of becoming better leaders of tomorrow. I am going to push for education for girls because education is very important. Females need to be empowered in Liberia,” she added.
Ms. Caillendee has seven siblings. Her father is the Dean of Education and a lecturer at Cuttington University, while her mother is a petty trader. They live on the Robertfieled/ELWA highway.
The G-20 summit places girls and women at the center of the economic decision-making process to increase female labor force participation and to cultivate a new generation of leaders through education, entrepreneurship and global experiences.
One of the organisation’s key initiatives is the annual G-20 Summit, which is designed G20 style and follows the destinations of G20 summits each year.
Girls Summit is an international event that features young girls between the ages of 17 and 21.
The 7th Annual G (girls) 20 Summit will be held in Beijing, China, from August 8th and 9th. Designed G20 style, the G-20 Summit brings together one delegate from each G20 country, plus a representative from the European and African Unions, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the MENA region.
During the Summit, delegates attend skill building workshops (entrepreneurship, financial preparedness, communications, digital literacy, leadership, etc.), participate in panel discussions with local and global experts, and then produce a communique with tangible, scalable solutions towards increasing FLFP. The communiqué is presented to G20 leaders for their consideration.