Promoting Gender Equality: Publications and Videos

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Women20 for the G20 2017 Inaugural Asia-Pacific Dialogue is the illustrated 20-page report of the Women 20, or W20, an 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.

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. Read the full report here.

See videos about the meeting and speakers here.  Learn more about the ongoing W20 Dialogue here.

Putting Women's Economic Empowerment in the Asia Pacific at the Core of the G20, by Marianne Dutkiewicz and Amanda Ellis, East-West Center Working Paper, 12 pp.

This paper presents background and resource information used to develop the formal report for the Inaugural 2017 Women20 for the G20 Asia-Pacific Dialogue, hosted by the East-West Center and sponsored by the global professional services organization EY. Participants included current and former heads of state, government officials, academic experts, representatives of regional and international organizations, business, and civil society leaders. Read the paper here. Dutkiewicz and Ellis are also co-authors of the formal W20 report and of a policy brief on recommendations from the Dialogue.

Women's Economic Empowerment and the G20 Agenda, by Marianne Dutkiewicz and Amanda Ellis, Asia Pacific Issues, No. 135, 4 pp.

In not a single country has gender equality yet been achieved in practice. Worse still, in 9 out of 10 countries laws discriminate against women's ability to be economically active. This despite all 193 UN member countries formally committing in 2015 to promote gender equality and empower women and girls. At current rates of progress, it will take another 217 years to reach economic parity. Yet the case for economic parity is compelling. As much as $28 trillion could be added to the global economy by 2025 if all countries bridged the gender gap, an amount equivalent to the combined US and China economies today. International fora such as the G20 are attempting to address this by establishing specialist dialogues such as the Women20, to provide targeted recommendations to government ministers and other policymakers. Dutkiewicz and Ellis are also co-authors of the formal W20 report and of an EWC Working Paper (see above) on recommendations from the Dialogue.