A conference exclusively dedicated to the empowerment of women will be held on August 26, 2021, in Santa Margherita Ligure. This will be the first time that the G20 has hosted an event on women’s empowerment, focusing on access to better quality jobs for women, policies to strengthen the talents and skills of women, increasing the representation of women in leadership positions, the definition and protection of women’s rights, and the fight against gender-based violence.
The conference will be chaired by the Italian Minister for Equal Opportunities and Family Elena Bonetti, and will see the participation of gender equality ministers from G20 countries and host countries, representatives of international organizations (UN Women, ILO, OECD), representatives of the business community, civil society and academia who will meet to discuss two specific areas:
- STEM, financial and digital literacy, environment and sustainability
- Work and economic empowerment and work-life balance.
There is a need to support the economic empowerment of women and improve access to work, opportunities and conditions for women in terms of employability, remuneration and professional development. This also with a view to creating new employment opportunities, including for women victims of violence. In addition, it is important to highlight the positive and successful experiences of workers and entrepreneurs, especially with regard to creative and cultural businesses, technological and financial sectors, and the circular, green and sustainable economy.
The conference will allow participants to exchange views and share best practices on how to empower women and promote gender equality. It will also examine the gender-related outcomes of other work streams of the G20, the Women20 engagement group and the G20 Empower alliance – which aim to promote women’s leadership in the private sector. The results of the discussion will be gathered by the Italian Presidency and brought to the attention of G20 leaders ahead of the 2021 Rome summit on October 30 and 31.