W20 presents recommendations to President Mauricio Macri

The G20 engagement group that advocates for gender equality issued policy recommendations aimed at bolstering digital, financial and labour inclusion for women, and promoting their development in rural areas

This morning, Argentine President, Mauricio Macri, formally received a set of policy recommendations prepared by the Women 20 (W20), the G20 engagement group advocating for gender equality.

On the third day of the group’s summit, which has brought together over 800 women in the CCK, Buenos Aires, Macri thanked the W20 members for their recommendations. “Your contribution and commitment will have a huge legacy: a positive impact on women’s realities around the world,” Macri said.  

The Argentine G20 presidency chose gender equality as a priority issue for the G20 in 2018. “Inequality is not only a woman’s issue; it involves us all; it affects us all,” he said. Recognizing the work achieved by the women involved in the W20, he added that “the only way to achieve truly inclusive development is by eradicating inequality.”

The W20 recommendations submitted to President Macri conclude the 2018 work programme of 146 delegates from G20 country civil society organizations. With the notion of gender equality as a key driver of sustainable and inclusive growth, the recommendations seek to promote women’s economic development through labour, digital and financial inclusion, as well as by fostering women’s development in rural areas.

Labour inclusion is strictly related to equality. The W20 demands “accelerating the pace of implementation” of G20 commitments to reduce the gender gap in labour force participation by 25% by 2025 by “developing and funding National Plans and reporting progress on an annual basis.”

To increase and improve women’s participation in the labour force, the W20 also recommends implementing mandatory paid parental leave, strengthening regulations to protect women from all forms of violence and discussing the future of work from a gender perspective.

Delegates from over 20 countries also suggest ensuring women’s financial inclusion by providing “equal access to credit, financial services, equity and markets for women, and designing initiatives to improve women’s financial and legal literacy and entrepreneurial capacity.”

With respect to digital inclusion, W20 members call for “developing holistic and cross-sectoral policies” that abolish the barriers to women’s access and use of technology. They also recommend “guaranteeing inclusive educational programmes” and “modifying algorithms in artificial intelligence in order to avoid gender bias.”

The inclusion of women from rural areas appears on this year’s agenda for the first time in the group’s history, in line with the priorities defined by the Argentine chairs of the engagement group. The document demands securing women’s access to education, health and legal services in rural areas, and investing in infrastructure for rural development. It also calls for “allocating or increasing funds” to “strengthen women’s cooperatives, entrepreneurship, organizations and value chains.”

Submitted for consideration by G20 heads of State at the Leaders’ Summit in Buenos Aires on 30 November and 1 December, the document makes a final proposal: creating gender-disaggregated indicators to help develop evidence-based policy and manage budgets with a gender focus.

The W20 Summit concludes this afternoon after two days of open sessions that have brought together over 1,000 participants.