Empowering Women for Economic Growth: the Smart Choice for the G20
The first International Policy Forum (IPF) on gender-inclusive growth was held in Canberra in 2014 during the Australian presidency of the G20 to promote innovative policies and foster strong, sustainable, balanced and inclusive economic growth within the G20 countries. The second forum was held in Ankara in September 2015 and inaugurated the Women 20 (W20) – the then newly established G20 engagement group dedicated to promoting gender inclusiveness and gender equality.
The 2016 edition of the forum will bring together policy-makers, business leaders, entrepreneurs, experts and members of the media to assess the progress made towards achieving gender-equality, to monitor the implementation of commitments and to develop recommendations as well as measurable and actionable goals for the G20.
Since 2014, the G20 leaders have pledged to reduce the gap in participation rates between men and women, bring more than 100 million women into the labour force and advance gender equality in all areas including skills training, wages and salaries, treatment in the workplace, and responsibilities in care-giving. This demonstrates the G20’s firm commitment to advancing gender equality in its pursuit of sustainable, balanced and inclusive economic growth, however although awareness of barriers and efforts to eliminate inequalities has increased in recent years, progress is still very slow. According to the World Economic Forum, while the global gender gap has closed by 4% over the past 10 years, the economic gap only closed by 3%, suggesting it will take another 118 years to close completely.
Attendance at this event is by invitation only.