WOMEN’S ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT- challenges and perspectives for G20


In many regions of this world women`s rights are under threat again.G20 has to reconfirm the equality between men and women and women rights as human rights. Women’s economic empowerment is a prerequisite of sustainable development, inclusive growth, and the achievement of the UN Agenda 2030.

At the same time, it is about rights and equitable societies.G20-countries are no role model for equality of women in the economy and the labour markets. In the Gender Ranking of the World Economic Forum Saudi Arabia gets rank 141 out of 144 checked economies, Turkey 130, China 99, India 87, Germany 13, France 14. Genderranking is defined by employment rate, equal pay, women in leading positions and professionals (Global Gender Gap Report 2016).

Achieving women’s economic empowerment will need sound public policies, a comprehensive approach and long-time commitment from actors in the G20 countries but also in view to all UN family members.Start with women by integrating gender-specific perspectives at the design stage of policy and programming. Women experience barriers in almost every aspect of work. Even legally. Employment opportunities need to be improved. At the same time women perform the bulk of unpaid care work. Innovative approaches and partnerships are needed to scale up women’s economic empowerment. Gender equality, the empowerment of women, women’s full enjoyment of all human rights and the eradication of poverty are essential to economic, social, and ecological sustainable development.

G20 underlings the necessity for increasing the employment rate of women by 25% by 2025 to increase the growth rate of the world economy. This is not the right approach: the majority of women work world-wide in the informal sector und poor jobs. They need decent work in the terms of the International Labour Organisation. How to achieve economic empowerment of women.

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