G20: Leading the Way for Gender Equality & Women Empowerment

The G20, a group of leading economies, has reaffirmed the significance of gender equality and recognizes that investing in the empowerment of all women and girls can have a profound impact on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

Sonu Vivek
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G20's Gender Commitment

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Achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls is not just a moral imperative; it's a critical step towards a more inclusive and prosperous society. The G20, a group of leading economies, has reaffirmed the significance of gender equality in the New Delhi Leaders Declaration and recognizes that investing in the empowerment of all women and girls can have a profound impact on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. 

This article delves into the G20's commitments and strategies to enhance economic and social empowerment, bridge the gender digital divide, drive gender-inclusive climate action, and secure women's food security, nutrition, and well-being.

Enhancing Economic and Social Empowerment

Commitment to Labor Force Participation

The G20 is committed to reducing the gap in labor force participation between genders. This commitment aligns with the Brisbane Goal, which aims to enhance women's full, equal, effective, and meaningful participation as decision-makers addressing global challenges. To achieve this:

  1. Reaffirmation of the Brisbane Goal: The G20 reaffirms its commitment to achieving the Brisbane Goal and implementing the G20 Roadmap '25 by 25'. To monitor progress, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) will report annually.

  2. Equal Access to Education: The G20 emphasizes equal access to quality education, from early childhood through higher education to lifelong learning. This commitment extends to promoting women and girls' enrollment and leadership in STEM fields and emerging digital technologies.

  3. Inclusive Employment: To ensure women's meaningful participation in a changing world of work, the G20 aims to provide inclusive access to employment opportunities, focusing on closing the gender pay gap and ensuring equal access to decent work and quality jobs.

  4. Social Protection and Care Infrastructure: The G20 advocates for investment in social protection and accessible care infrastructure. This helps address the unequal distribution of paid and unpaid care and domestic work, allowing women to continue their participation in education and employment.

  5. Eliminating Gender-Based Violence: Gender-based violence, both online and offline, is a significant challenge. The G20 is committed to eliminating it and ensuring safe workplaces for women.

  6. Financial Inclusion: Promoting women's inclusion in the formal financial system is another priority. Strengthening their access to economic resources, particularly through digital finance and microfinance, is a key strategy.

  7. Challenging Gender Stereotypes: The G20 recognizes the importance of eliminating gender stereotypes, biases, and behaviors that perpetuate inequality.

Bridging the Gender Digital Divide

Commitment to Digital Inclusion

Closing the digital gender gap is crucial in today's technology-driven world. The G20 has committed to halving the digital gender gap by 2030 through various strategies:

  1. Addressing Gender Norms: The G20 acknowledges the importance of addressing gender norms that hinder women and girls from accessing, adopting, and using digital technologies.

  2. Regulatory Policies: Promoting regulatory policy frameworks that enable women and girls to actively participate in national digital strategies is a priority. This includes enhancing digital literacy and skills.

  3. Ensuring Safety: The G20 is determined to identify and eliminate potential risks that women and girls encounter in the digital realm. Safety-by-design approaches in digital tools and technologies are encouraged.

  4. Inclusive Digital Economy: Gender-responsive policies are vital in creating an inclusive and non-discriminatory digital economy, especially for women-led and -owned businesses, including micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs).

  5. Supporting Initiatives: The G20 encourages and supports initiatives that improve women's livelihoods and income security in the digital economy.

Driving Gender-Inclusive Climate Action

Climate Change and Gender Equality

Recognizing the disproportionate impact of climate change, biodiversity loss, desertification, and pollution on women and girls, the G20 emphasizes the importance of gender equality in climate action:

  1. Women's Participation: The G20 supports and seeks to increase women's participation, partnership, decision-making, and leadership in climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies.

  2. Gender-Responsive Solutions: Gender-responsive and environment-resilient solutions, including water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) solutions, are promoted to build resilience to climate change and environmental degradation.

Securing Women's Food Security, Nutrition, and Well-Being

Food Security and Nutrition

Women's food security and nutrition are fundamental to individual and community development. It underpins the health and well-being of not only women but also their children and communities. The G20 is committed to:

  1. Inclusive Agriculture: Encouraging investments in inclusive, sustainable, and resilient agriculture and food systems.

  2. Accessible and Nutritious Food: Supporting accessible, affordable, safe, and nutritious food, including healthy diets in school meal programs.

  3. Innovation in Agri-Value Chains: Promoting innovation for inclusive agri-value chains led by and for women farmers.

  4. Nutrition and Food System Interventions: Leveraging innovative financing instruments and social protection systems to address hunger and malnutrition with a gender-responsive and age-sensitive approach.

Creation of a Working Group on the Empowerment of Women

To further advance gender equality and the empowerment of women, the G20 has agreed to create a new Working Group on Empowerment of Women. This group will provide support to the G20 Women's Ministerial and marks a significant step in fostering gender equality and inclusivity.

The G20's commitment to gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls is a vital step toward a more equitable and prosperous world. By addressing labor force participation, digital inclusion, climate action, food security, and nutrition, the G20 is working to create a future where gender equality is not just a goal but a reality. As we move forward, it is essential to monitor the progress and ensure that these commitments translate into meaningful change for women and girls worldwide.

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