W20 presents recommendations for gender equality in Argentina

The plan calls for training and job placement for women in violent situations, as well as measures to ensure financial and digital inclusion. Participants at the event included Social Development Minister Carolina Stanley and G20 sherpa Pedro Villagra Delgado.

The W20, the G20 engagement group that brings together women’s organizations, presented a series of concrete recommendations today at the W20 National Consulting Forum for “a more sustainable, equal and fair society.” They include measures that build “a roadmap for real economic development of women in Argentina.”

The document is the product of two months of research in which over 2,500 women participated both in person and online. It focuses on five points: transversal measures for women’s livelihoods, financial inclusion, rural women, workplace inclusion and digital inclusion. Concrete proposals for each area include work and skills training for women in violent circumstances, and a National Women Entrepreneurs Development Plan and a National Rural Women’s Fund.

The proposals were presented at a seminar at the San Martín Palace which began with work sessions for technical experts and was officially closed with remarks by Carolina Stanley, Minister of Social Development, and Pedro Villagra Delgado, Argentine G20 sherpa.

“Men must participate more in W20 activities and in all gender programmes. We must identify issues that can be put on the global G20 agenda,” said Villagra Delgado.

Minister Stanley underscored the value of the research. “I am grateful for all you have been doing to raise the gender agenda. We are proud that this is a priority of President Mauricio Macri. We are conscious of the unfinished work and all that is left to do. It’s about building a more equal country between men and women,” she said.

Later, Susana Balbo, co-chair of the W20, presented the conclusions of the seminar, which included 15 local public policy recommendations for achieving gender equality. These include:

  • Guaranteeing comprehensive public and private services on sexual and reproductive health for all adolescents, young people and adults
  • No criminalization of abortion
  • Achieving gender parity through 50% quotas in the three branches of government, and all state company levels
  • Increasing participation of women-led companies in public contracts and acquisitions
  • Creating an observatory that reports to the highest political authority and that gives exposure to and monitors women’s access to public decision-making positions
  • Creating an open database on digital inclusion categorized by gender

The National Consulting Forum marks the conclusion of the W20’s national dialogue and was led by Argentine W20 delegations, which include civil society organizations working for women’s development. Besides the national dialogue participants, the forum brought together other experts, academics, and organizations, whose objective was to generate greater debate and ensure that the main recommendations that civil society seeks to bring to the G20 are given due priority.

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About the Engagement Groups

The W20 is one of the seven independent engagement groups comprised of civil society organizations from the G20 member countries. The engagement groups meet in tandem with the G20 and ensure that the position of civil society is taken on board by the G20 leaders.

About the G20

The G20 started out in 1999 as a meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors. In 2008, amidst the global financial crisis, it evolved into what it is today: a major forum that seeks to develop global policies to address today’s most pressing issues. The G20 summits are attended by the heads of state and government of 19 of the world’s leading economies and the EU. Together, the G20 members represent 85% of global GDP, two-thirds of the world’s population and 75% of international trade.