10 October 2017: Girls to takeover as Google CEO for International Day of the Girl

Young women will take over Google Australia’s headquarters on Tuesday October 10, as Google CEO Jason Pellegrino hands over his job in recognition of girls’ leadership ahead of International Day of the Girl.

Plan International has organised over 600 “takeovers” in more than 60 countries, where they will demand a political and social revolution against the discrimination and prejudice which holds them back in private and public life. Mr Pellegrino joins world leaders such as the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in standing up for girls’ rights.

Edie, 18, and Nazli, 22, from Sydney will share the role of CEO for the day to represent young women in an industry where they are typically not seen.

“The takeover action is an emphatic statement of girls’ power and potential.  When girls get equal opportunities and equal chances in life, they can transform their lives and their communities,” said Susanne Legena, Deputy CEO of Plan International Australia.

“Girls worldwide face a wall of resistance in their struggle to progress and realise their dreams. They often have no power over the decisions they make or the choices they have.” 

Edie and Nazli join a global movement of more than 1,000 girls in 60 countries that are taking over position of power for International Day of the Girl. Plan International is calling on governments to make girls’ rights a global political priority, to encourage other girls and young women to step forward as leaders and decision makers, and to have their voices heard on the great challenges they face.

“Google strives to create a diverse and inclusive workplace. We recognise the incredible contributions made by girls and women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” said Google CEO Jason Pellegrino. “We also know there is a lot more that we can all do to support young women in technology and in their aspirations to become the leaders of tomorrow.” 

“I'm looking forward to seeing how Edie and Nazli would deal with the decisions and alternatives I face every day. This is a fantastic chance for me to learn from two amazing young leaders and hopefully it will inspire Edie and Nazli, and a large number of girls, to seek careers and leadership roles in technology.”

The Prime Minister of Finland, El Salvador’s Minister of Health, and the head of the Ugandan police force are among the leading figures that will be symbolically ceding control to girls. Takeovers will be documented live across the world here by using the #girlstakeover hashtag.

About Plan International Australia: Plan International Australia is one of the world’s oldest and largest child rights development agencies. We work in over 70 countries around the world to tackle the root causes of poverty, inequality and injustice.