Assembly for Women, which was organized jointly with the Women 20 (W20), was
held in Tokyo on 2224 March 2019. Roscongress Deputy CEO, Director for the
Socio-Economic Agenda Elena
Marinina, who is a member of the Eurasian Womens Forum Council, was part of
the Russian delegation at the W20 summit.
The W20 is
one of the most innovative outreach formats of the G20 and was created in May
2015 as part of the Turkish presidency of the group. In September 2018, an open
session of the W20 meeting was held for the first time in Russia as part of the
Second Eurasian Womens Forum, which was run by the Roscongress Foundation.
At the W20 Summit
in Tokyo, proposals were drawn up for inclusion in a communiqué as part of
preparations for the G20 Summit that is to be held in Japan in 2019. W20
representatives expressed support for the statement contained in the G20 Buenos
Aires Declaration that «gender equality is crucial for economic growth and fair and sustainable
development», and reiterated the need to address the gender gap in order to
achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
Japans presidency of the G20, the W20 pays particular attention to the
inclusive and responsible use of all new technologies, including Artificial
Intelligence (AI), due to their critical impact on all segments of society,
ensuring no woman is left behind.
As a result, the
W20 representatives have called on G20 leaders to accelerate the pace at which
they fulfil their past commitments, promote a gender-sensitive approach on the
G20 agenda, and act in accordance with the following recommendations:
1. Request their labour and employment ministers to
present a mid-term report on the 2014 Brisbane commitment to reduce the gender
gap in labour force participation by 25% by 2025 during the 2020 G20.
2. Remove systemic legal and social barriers in the
labour market and provide solutions for achieving gender equality.
and implement legal measures to achieve gender equality in all aspects of
employment practices. In particular, take further action to close gender income
gaps such as wages, pensions and other earnings in line with the SDGs.
public funds in quality, accessible and affordable care infrastructure for
children and elderly, and put in place mandatory paid parental leave to promote
employers in the public and private sectors to implement evidence-based
policies and publicize progress on gender equality, leading to more women in
decent and quality work and in leadership positions.
3. Close the digital gender
gap and ensure that women can exercise their digital rights.
urgent measures to promote equal participation of women in the design and
development of digital technologies with due consideration to ethics, and
prevent amplification of gender discriminations by biased data-sets, models,
and algorithms in Artificial Intelligence (AI).
equal participation of girls and women of all ages in Science, Technology,
Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM).
women in urban and rural areas with affordable, reliable, and safe internet and
4. Ensure financial
inclusion, promote womens entrepreneurship, and accelerate access to
investment and markets.
womens equal rights to economic resources and access to ownership and control
over land and other forms of property, financial services, and natural
· Develop a
policy framework and action plan to strengthen the business, financial and
digital capacity of womens enterprises, including e-commerce.
conditions for public procurement contracts awarded to women-owned and
women-led businesses to increase their share by a minimum of 10%, taking into consideration
investors to proactively incorporate gender factors into investment analysis
5. Promote life-long
learning, and education on gender equality in schools and workplaces, to
eliminate gender stereotypes and unconscious bias.
6. End all forms of
violence against women and girls in the public and private spheres, including
effective legal frameworks, ensure access to justice, and strengthen law
enforcement to end all forms of violence against women and girls in all
· Support the
adoption of the ILOs proposed convention and a recommendation concerning the
elimination of violence and harassment in the world of work, as well as ratify
international conventions related to violence against womenю
7. Establish effective and
transparent governance and accountability mechanisms for achieving gender
mechanisms to monitor the implementation of G20 commitments on gender equality,
together with international organizations, relevant national partners and in
collaboration with the W20, and report progress on a regular basis.
review progress, within G20, for achieving gender parity in leadership and all
levels of decision-making in the public and private sectors by 2030.
the mandate and capacity of national gender machinery to ensure that gender
impact assessments are conducted on legislation, standards, and policies.
activities of the W20 aim to consolidate the efforts of the women of G20
countries at a global level in order to achieve equal gender opportunities. The
Roscongress Foundation took part in the W20 for the first time. This is
certainly a landmark event as well as the continuation of work to further the
womens agenda, eliminate gender inequality, promote womens leadership, and
strengthen cooperation with international womens communities», Advisor to the
Russian President Anton Kobyakov said.
W20 Summit and the World Assembly for Women in Japan, we discussed such themes
as creating innovative womens groups and womens more active involvement in
the digital economy, among other things. For the Roscongress Foundation, one of
the priorities that we certainly plan on strengthening is the creation and
development of a social agenda using its platforms, the promotion of womens
leadership, and assistance in building the womens community», Roscongress Deputy CEO, Director for the
Socio-Economic Agenda Elena