President’s Summary of the G20 Ministerial Conference on Women’s Empowerment

The Indonesian G20 Presidency has convened the second G20 Women’s Empowerment Ministerial Conference on August 24-25, 2022 in Nusa Dua-Bali, Indonesia.

The conference brought together ministers responsible for gender equality and women’s empowerment from G20 member countries and invited countries, delegations from relevant international organizations, representatives from official G20 engagement groups and initiatives , the social partners and the alliance.

Based on participants’ exchanges on best practices and lessons learned, the conference managed to have fruitful discussions on promising practices and critical issues to close gender gaps and support the empowerment of women in the world, especially in a post-Covid-19 global economy.

The recommendations of the G20 Empower Initiative and Women20 were also heard and taken into account, as well as those of other institutions concerned. The Covid-19 pandemic has affected all aspects of society, from health and education to international business. Other global challenges remain, including climate change, unemployment, poverty and women’s access to finance. At the same time, gaps in countries’ capacities to deal with the crisis persist. Views were also expressed on the impacts of ongoing geopolitical conflicts on women and children.

Understanding the challenges and the need for collective action, the Indonesian G20 Presidency is focusing on three priority issues: global health architecture, sustainable energy transition and digital transformation.

Participants gathered at the Conference to discuss three main topics:

1. The post-Covid-19 care economy: the missed opportunity in the labor market;

2. Closing the digital gender gap: women’s participation in the digital economy and future work; and

3. Women’s entrepreneurship: accelerating equality, accelerating recovery.

To see the full version, please visit this link: Presidents Summary G20 MCWE

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Mara R. Wilmoth