Saturday 18 January 2020

Meet the Trinity student chosen to represent Ireland at G(irls)20 Summit

Louise Kelly

A 19-year-old college student from west Cork has beaten off stiff competition to represent Ireland at a global summit.

Emma Young, currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in law in Trinity College, was chosen to participate in Girls20 Summit, which takes place in Germany on June 21.

The G(irls)20 programme aims to empower girls and women and improve female participation in the workforce, believing that increasing the number of women in the labour force will generate growth, stabilise communities, and lead to social innovation.

Mimicking the G20 format, the G(irls)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.

Ms Young - whose dream job is to be Secretary General, Council of Europe - said she was taken aback when she discovered that she would be chosen to attend.

"I really didn't expect to be selected; it was a huge shock," the ambitious teenager told

"I was really interested in applying lat year but the Summit clashed with my Leaving Certificate results so I put in a submission this year instead."

During the Summit, the delegates attend skills building workshops and participate in panel discussions with local and global experts.

Emma is an alumnus of the European Youth Parliament and currently works as a UNICEF Ireland Youth Ambassador.

"In my video submission, I basically showcased much of the work I have done in terms of female empowerment in the European Youth Parliament," said Ms Young.

Emma is the Assistant Secretary of Trinity College’s Society for International Affairs and has previously attended international youth conferences in France and Germany.

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