W(omen)20: A forum to push for equality

The G20 needs to put gender equality at the heart of its agenda. Correcting the stark imbalances in economic opportunities for women and bringing more women into the labour force should be central to meeting its economic objectives. To this end Chatham House has been promoting the creation of the W20 as the official engagement group for gender equality.

The World Today
Published 31 March 2015 Updated 4 January 2021 1 minute READ

Dr Paola Subacchi

Former Research Director, International Economics

The Turkish government, and in particular Ali Babacan, the deputy prime minister, has made the establishment of the W20 a goal of this year’s G20 presidency. Despite a few dissenting voices, the member states seem willing to go ahead.

Assuming that the W20 will be officially established this year, the timing could not be better; 2015 marks the 20-year anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action on Female Empowerment. It is also the year when progress on the Millennium Development Goals will be assessed.

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