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Group Urges G20 to Focus on Gender Equality

BUENOS AIRES – Women 20, a coalition of women’s organizations from G20 countries, presented on Wednesday to Argentine President Mauricio Macri a document with proposals to make employment, information technology and finance more inclusive for women.

The report handed over to Macri at the Kirchner Cultural Center in Buenos Aires represents the fruit of a year’s work by 146 delegates.

The proposals will be considered by the heads of state and government at the Nov. 30-Dec. 1 G20 summit here.

Starting from the premise that gender equality is key for sustainable and inclusive growth, the W20 urges “a faster implementation” of the commitment to reduce the gender wage gap by 25 percent over the next seven years.

G20 members should develop and fund plans to narrow the wage gap and issue annual progress reports, the W20 says.

Created in 2015 during Turkey’s G20 presidency, the W20 draws on merges the knowledge and experience of female politicians, activists, professionals and business people.

To expand and improve the participation of women in the labor force, the W20 suggests implementing paid parental leaves, reinforcing regulations to protect women from violence in the workplace and analyzing the future of employment from a gender perspective.

The W20 meeting wraps up Wednesday after two days of public sessions with more than 1,000 participants.

“There’s still a lot to do, a long way to go for gender equality, but the good news is that we are working together, once and for all, and that there is no turning back,” Macri told the gathering.

 

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