CSE international student Nastasya Tsultsumova, ’15, will take her first steps toward transforming the world in June when she will travel to Moscow as a delegate to the 2013 international G(irls) 20 Summit. The Russian native will represent her country as one of a group of 22 young women, one from each of the G20 countries, plus the European Union and African Union.
The Summit’s theme resonates with the CSE mission of empowering women and encouraging leadership. It is central to an international campaign, “3.5 Billion Ways,” based on the premise that there are 3.5 billion girls and women around the globe and therefore there are 3.5 billion Ways to Change the World. The focus of the campaign is to have G20 leaders recognize the economic competence of girls and women globally and the need to invest in and engage them in pursuit of economic growth, political stability, and social innovation.
G(irls) 20 Summit follows the same agenda as the G20 Summit, which is a meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors from 20 major economies. The G(irls) 20 Summit delegates, who are all between 18 to 20 years old, debate, discuss, and design innovative ideas to improve the growth of communities, countries, and companies by empowering girls and women globally. These ideas are presented to G20 leaders.
For Tsultsumova, a CSE business and global studies major, the Summit is an exciting first step toward her goal of becoming a diplomat. “I am excited to participate in an event so large in scale and of international importance,” she said. “I want to get the skills and ideas to create an organization that helps women.”
Although Tsultsumova is undecided about what her career focus will be, she always wants women’s rights to be part of whatever she does. She explained, “I will always be concerned with women’s rights and speaking for women who don’t have a voice. That’s what the Summit is about – standing up for women.”