On 26 August Santa Margherita Ligure will host the first G20 Conference dedicated to women’s empowerment

9 agosto 2021

A Conference exclusively dedicated to women’s empowerment will be held on the 26th of August 2021 in Santa Margherita Ligure.  This is the first time that an event on women’s empowerment has been planned in the G20 system, paying attention to the quality of women’s work, to policies to support their talents and leadership, to the definition and protection of their rights and to tackle gender-based violence.

The Conference, that will be chaired by the Italian Minister for equal opportunities and family, Elena Bonetti, will involve gender equality Ministers from the G20 countries and host countries, representatives of international organisations (UN Women, ILO, OECD), representatives of the business community, academia and civil society, who will meet to debate two specific areas:

  • Stem, financial and digital literacy, environment and sustainability
  • Labour and economic empowerment and work-life balance

There is a need to support women’s economic empowerment and to improve work access, chances and conditions for women in terms of employability, pay and professional development. This also in view of creating new job opportunities, also for women that are victim of violence. Moreover, it is important to highlight positive and successful experiences of female workers and entrepreneurs especially in relation to creative and cultural businesses, to the technological and financial sectors, to the circular, green and sustainable economy

The Conference will allow participants to exchange views and share best practices on how to foster women’s empowerment and promote gender equality. It will also consider gender-related outcomes of the other G20 workstreams, the Women20 engagement group and the G20 Empower alliance, whose goal is to promote women’s leadership in the private sector. The results of the discussion will be collected by the Italian Presidency for the G20 Leaders’ consideration ahead the Rome’s Summit of 30-31 October 2021.

Chair’s Statement

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