The W20 engagement group under the auspices of the G20 focuses on promoting gender inclusiveness and gender equality, essentially making a significant contribution towards a strong, sustainable and balanced growth trend globally.

Formed under the Turkish term presidency of the G20, the W20 is set to organise its first global event in light of the Summit during Fall 2015. With the main theme being the empowerment of women, the engagement group will focus on overcoming contemporary challenges regarding gender inclusivity within the global economy.

Gender inclusiveness and gender equality are essential for a strong, sustainable and balanced growth. Women make up over half of the world´s population, but their contribution to economic growth is far below its potential. Gender inequality also restricts development and poverty eradication efforts in developing countries. Ameliorating these imbalances is vital for growth and development in our countries, and for the overall health of the world economy.

The Turkish Presidency proposed establishing the Women-20 (W20) as a G20 engagement group which would provide support for the efforts made by the G20 towards achieving inclusive growth and raising the profile of gender issues. H.E. Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan introduced the idea at the first Sherpa meeting in Istanbul on 15-16 December 2014. Following consultations, the Presidency was able to achieve consensus among all G20 members to form the W20 as a stand-alone engagement in 2015.

The mission of the W20 is to promote global gender-inclusive economic growth. The mandate for the W20 includes helping achieve progress on the G20 commitments of “women’s full economic and social participation” made in the Los Cabos Leaders’ Declaration in 2012, “women’s financial inclusion and education” in the St. Petersburg Leaders’ Declaration in 2013, and “reducing the gap in participation rates between men and women in our countries by 25 percent by 2025 (taking into account national circumstances)” in the Brisbane Leaders’ Declaration in 2014.

The Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey (KAGIDER) was selected to Chair the W20 and undertake the Secretariat of the engagement group throughout the Turkish Presidency. The W20 Steering Committee, in addition to KAGIDER, includes the Women and Democracy Association (KADEM) and the Turkish Businesswomen Association (TIKAD).

W20 Country Representatives, as of 31st of August
COUNTRY Institution Contact Person
Brazil Federal University of Pernambuco Maria Betânia Ávila
Brazil Scientific Council of Women’s Studies and Social Relations on Gender Vera Soares
Brazil Federal University of Rio de Janeiro Bila Sorj
Canada Startup Canada Victoria Lennox
China All-China Women’s Federation An Weiwei
China Chinese Women’s Research Society WU Jing
China China Association of Women Entrepreneurs LU Qianyun
France DEBON & SUEZ Environnement Marie-Ange DEBON
France CEPII Natacha VALLA
Germany The National Council of German Women’s Organizations Dr. Anja Nordmann
Germany Association of German Women Entrepreneurs (Verband deutscher Unternehmerinnen, VdU) Claudia Große-Leege
Italia Valore D Association Anna Zattoni
Italia Giacomo Brodolini Foundation Barbara Leda Kenny
Italia AIDOS Maria Grazia Panunzi
Italia University of Padova Prof. Paola Degani
Japan Ewoman, Inc. & UNICUL International, Inc.
Committee for the International Conference for Women in Business
Kaori Sasaki
Japan Kigen Corparation Makiko Tachimori
Japan Gender Action Platform Asako Osaki
Republic of Korea Korean Women’s Development Institute, Center for Women’s Labor & HRD Policy Jongsoog KIM
Republic of Korea Ewha Womans University Joohee LEE
Mexico The Research Center for Women in Senior Management at Mexico´s PanAmerican Institute for High Business Direction (IPADE) Dr. Maria Del Carmen Bernal Gonzalez
Mexico Grupo DIARQ and Fundación Pro-Educación Gina Diez Barroso
Russia S7 Aviation Group & The Russian Union of Industrials and Entrepreneurs Nataliya Fileva
Russia Deputy Head of the Department of International Relations and Foreign Policy at the MGIMO-University; Director General
of the Strategic Diplomacy Foundation
Associate Professor Victoria Panova
Russia NGO AIDS Infoshare & Co-Chair of the C20 in 2013 Alena Peryskina
Turkey President of W20 Turkey, KAGIDER Dr. Gülden Türktan
Turkey TIKAD Nilüfer Bulut
Turkey TIKAD Prof. Zehra Neşe Kavak
Turkey KADEM Özgül Özkan Yavuz
Turkey KAGIDER Sanem Oktar Öğüt
Turkey KADEM Assistant Prof. E. Sare Aydın Yılmaz
The United Kingdom The Women’s Business Council Michael Osei
The United Kingdom Chatham House Stéphane Dubois
The United Kingdom The Gender and Development Network Jessica Woodroffe
The United States UN Foundation -Data 2X Mayra Buvinic
The United States WEConnect Elizabeth Vazquez
The United States AFL-CIO Cathy Feingold
The United States BSR Aron Cramer
The United States Children and Families Programs Ann O’Leary
The United States Catalyst Deborah Gillis
The United States WIPP International Jennifer Bisceglie
The United States Women’s World Banking Mary Ellen Iskenderian
The United States Global Banking Alliance for Women Inez Murray
The European Union Women in Parliament (WIP) Silvana Koch-Mehrin
Spain Director of the Spanish Institute for Women Affairs Rosa Urbón
Azerbaijan Integration of Azerbaijani Youth to Europe Organization Nargiz Eyvazova

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