Self-confessed political fan-girl and Bachelor of Laws/Government and International Relations student Jacki Molla will head to Istanbul in August for the 2015 Youth 20 (Y20) Summit.
The Griffith Futures Scholarship recipient will join four other young Australians to make up the Global Voices Y20 Turkey 2015 Australian Youth Delegation.
“I’m very passionate about international politics and human rights,’’ Jacki said.
“Attending this forum will allow me to put my skills and knowledge of economics and development into practice.”
The Youth 20 (Y20) is a youth summit that brings together young people from G20 countries to discuss issues closely related to the topics of the G20 Leaders’ Summit.
This year’s agenda will be developed by participants in advance during preliminary talks on the Y20 website. The summit’s final communiqué will be presented to the G20 leaders in November 2015.
Earlier this year, Jacki and fellow Y20 members visited Canberra and met with Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen and other members of parliament in preparation for the summit.
“Our trip to Canberra was fascinating and gave us a chance to see parliament at work. I met with ministers and shadow ministers and it was exciting to be part of discussions,’’ she said.
Jacki will complete a Research Fellowship with Global Voices as part of her experience and is looking forward to furthering her knowledge and use of social media as a key influencer of communication and contributing to discussion.
‘I like to use Twitter to keep up to date with what’s going on in the world. It’s a great platform to engage with politicians and academics.’
Established in 2011, Global Voices is a non-profit organisation that provides opportunities for young Australians to engage with international policy at home and abroad.