Norton Rose Fulbright

G(irls)20 event at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

G(irls)20 is an initiative with aim of ‘advancing the full participation of girls and women globally through their economic and educational empowerment’. Every year, G20 holds a summit in one of the 20 countries involved with a female delegate, aged 18-22, to represent each of those countries. G20 cultivates and develops these leaders to support the advancement of others.

At the G20 event that Hannah Davis, Hannah Whiterow and I attended earlier this month, we got the opportunity to watch a panel and participate in a Q&A with three previous delegates. Hosted by Carolann Edwards (Global Director of Learning and Organisational Development at Norton Rose), issues of gender in the workplace, the concept of feminism and the initiatives in their communities were explored. We were particularly struck by the project of the UK delegate, Dunola, and her initiative ‘Luton Lights’. Dunola explained that her hometown, Luton, is one of the most economically deprived boroughs in the UK. Her project aims to directly address the deficit of women in STEM industries in the UK and to equip young women locally for the jobs of the future. We were all inspired and impressed by Dunola’s efforts to empower young women as it is very similar to Channing’s ethos of ‘girls enjoying success’ and our drive to inspire girls in the field of STEM.

Thank you to Ms Smith (Channing parent) who passed this opportunity on to the Careers Department and also to Ms Keefe who shared her insights into the work of solicitors at Norton Rose Fulbright. The evening was very rewarding.

Tilly Sumners (Head Girl)