East-West Center Publishes Report on Inaugural Asia Pacific Dialogue of Women20 for the G20 Process

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HONOLULU (January 19, 2018) – The East-West Center in Honolulu Hawai‘i has just published a report on the findings of the inaugural Women20 for the G20 Asia Pacific Dialogue, which was held at the Center in June. The 20-page report expands on initial policy recommendations that the participants released soon after the meeting to help the G20 address several of the most pressing areas of ongoing disparity in women’s economic status throughout the Asia Pacific region and the world.

Findings from the report will be highlighted at several upcoming international meetings on women’s empowerment:

For information on covering any of these events, contact EWCnews@EastWestCenter.org.

Women 20, or W20, is the official G20 dialogue with NGOs, female entrepreneur associations and scientists pushing forward women's economic equality with the goal of reducing the gender employment gap by 25 percent by 2025. (Learn more here.) Hosted by the East-West Center and sponsored by the global professional services organization EY, the W20 Asia Pacific Dialogue brought together current and former heads of state, government officials, academic experts, and business and civil society leaders to make policy recommendations around seven key aspects of women’s economic empowerment: legislative barriers, financial inclusion, digital inclusion, the care economy, women in leadership, indigenous women and supply chain diversity.

The new report, which is available as a free download, delves into issues, statistics, barriers, recommendations and existing best practices in each of these areas. “With projections that it will still take 217 years to reach economic parity given current conditions, it’s time to hurry history,” said international development economist Amanda Ellis, who spearheaded the dialogue as Special Advisor for International Programs and Partnerships at the East-West Center. “Recent research demonstrates that as much as $28 trillion could be added to the global economy by 2025 if all countries bridged the gender gap. That’s equivalent to the combined economies of the U.S. and China today.”

Dame Jenny Shipley, former Prime Minister of New Zealand and the first woman to lead any nation in Oceania, underscored the importance of the process: “Integrating W20 recommendations into the G20 is both a huge opportunity and a massive challenge. Women confronting these questions in the context of the G20 is a breakthrough.”