Over 800 women from around the world take part in the W20 Summit in Buenos Aires

Over three days, participants will discuss ways to promote women’s economic empowerment. Argentina’s first lady, Juliana Awada, took part in the opening.

With women’s economic empowerment as its focus, the G20 engagement group that works for gender equality, the Women 20, began its Summit today in Buenos Aires. Over 800 women from around the world are taking part in a range of activities until Wednesday.

“We all have the opportunity to raise awareness for women’s issues and encourage leaders to invest in women’s economic development,” said Juliana Awada, Argentina’s first lady, at the meeting’s opening session at the CCK. “It is clear that closing the gap is a goal that can no longer be postponed. The only measure for someone to carry out a project and accomplish their goals should be their capability, their talent,” she added.

Susana Balbo, W20 Chair, said: “A key objective of the W20 this year has been to increase the number of representatives per country to ensure a plurality of voices, which is a guiding principle for us, and the representation of all G20 countries.”

During the first day of the summit, more than 60 participants will work together to prepare the group’s final communiqué with policy recommendations to be submitted for consideration by G20 heads of State at the Leaders’ Summit in Buenos Aires on 30 November and 1 December.

The agenda on Tuesday and Wednesday includes open sessions on rural women and their development, digitalization, new financial tools, initiatives to promote labour inclusion for women and the role of feminism in the fight against male violence, among other topics. The list of speakers includes Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, who will speak via video conference; Lilianne Ploumen, Member of Parliament of the Netherlands; Evelina Cabrera, Chair of the Argentine Women’s Football Association; Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women; Svetlana Lukash, Russian G20 Sherpa; and Irmgard Griss, former President of the Austrian Supreme Court of Justice.

Argentina’s President, Mauricio Macri, will officially receive the W20 recommendations on Wednesday morning.


About the W20

Since its creation in 2015 under the Turkish G20 presidency, the W20 brings together women’s civil society organizations and women entrepreneurs from around the world.

During the Argentine G20 presidency, the W20 is being chaired by entrepreneur and businesswoman Susana Balbo.