G20 launches group to empower women
World's 20 largest economies, including India, today launched W20 — an engagement grouping of women leaders — to push for gender-inclusive global economic growth. The W20 group, comprising 20 women leaders from G20 nations, would host its first summit next month in Istanbul after all member countries appoint their nominees.
At the official launch event here, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the prosperity of a country could be best understood by the smile of women and it was very important to empower them in the economic growth process. W20's newly appointed President Gulden Turktan said it would work as an outreach group and seek to promote gender inclusiveness in economic growth process by empowering women.
She asked all G20 countries to nominate their members.
The launch event was also addressed by IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) Secretary-General Angel Gurria, Deputy Executive Director of UN Women Lakshmi Puri, International Trade Center's Executive Director Arancha González, among others.
The G20 members are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the US and the European Union.
The Group of Twenty (G20) is the premier forum for global economic and financial cooperation that brings together the world's major advanced and emerging economies, representing around 85 per cent of global GDP.