Women 20- Turkey (W20)

Women 20 (W20) Turkey

The W20 engagement group under the auspices of the G20 focuses on promoting gender inclusiveness and gender equality, essentially making a significant contribution towards a strong, sustainable and balanced growth trend globally. With the main theme being the empowerment of women, the engagement group will focus on overcoming contemporary challenges regarding gender inclusivity within the global economy.
The Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey (KAGIDER) was selected to Chair the W20 and undertake the Secretariat of the engagement group throughout the Turkish Presidency. The W20 Steering Committee, in addition to KAGIDER, includes the Women and Democracy Association (KADEM) and the Turkish Businesswomen Association (TIKAD).

W20 Launch

On September 6, 2015 representatives of various countries from across the globe have come together in Ankara, Turkey for the live broadcast inaugural event of the W20 Engagement Group under the banner of the G20.
Prominent names such as the Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, IMF Managing Christine Lagarde and OECD Secretary-General José Ángel Gurría Treviño delivered the keynote speeches addressing an audience of businesspeople, academics and members of civil society. The event continued throughout the day with panel sessions covering the headings of “Women and Technology”, “Women in Financial World” and “Women and Trade”.

W20 Turkish National Advisory Meeting

The eleven policy areas, as determined by G20 Turkish Presidency’s W20 steering committee, was debated on 11 September 2015 at Salt Galata in Istanbul. The interconnected nature of education, employment and entrepreneurship and the role of academicians and civil society organizations was the topic of conversation. In addition, the role and increased participation of women leaders in the public and private sector was a matter of serious discussion. The meeting brought attention to the importance of taking a comprehensive approach to economic growth and addressing gender equality, as illustrated by the 100 plus recommendations made by the W20 platform as well as from the W20 Turkish National Advisory meeting.

W20 Summit

On October 16-17, 2015 the first ever W20 Summit took place in Istanbul, Turkey. Representatives from G20 member states along with many other invited countries convened to discuss and conclude talks as regards the W20 Communiqué.
During the talks, exchanges of ideas were made relating to economic, social and technical challenges, along with relevant pitfalls, in which the W20 was committed to ensure progress. W20 Communiqué was presented to the leaders at the G20 Leaders Summit in Antalya on November 15-16, 2015.

W20 Final Communique

1-Address women’s economic empowerment through strengthening linkages between education, employment and entrepreneurship
2-Support work and life balance by developing and/or improving infrastructural mechanisms for social care (child, elderly, sick and disable care)
3-Increase the number of women both in public and private sector leadership positions
4-Ensure women’s access to financial and productive assets as well as to markets
5-Eliminate workplace discrimination, enforce legal rights and promote equal opportunities
6-Strengthen women’s economic, social and political networks
7-Support women-owned enterprises and innovation
8-Promote women’s leadership in creating sustainable consumption patterns and green growth
9-Deliver adequate social protection and improve working conditions for women
10- In order to develop a monitoring framework, based on available data sets and empirical studies, the G20 should develop a scorecard using the following indicators:

1.Labor force participation rate: Female-to-male ratio of labor-force participation rate (20%)
2.Professional and technical jobs: Female-to-male ratio of representation in professional and technical jobs (10%)
3.Perceived wage gap for similar work: Female-to-male ratio of wages for similar work (10%)
4.Leadership positions: Female-to-male ratio of representation in leadership positions (10%)
5.Unpaid care work: Male-to-female ratio of time spent on unpaid care work (10%)
6.Education level: Female-to-male composite ratio of adult literacy rate, secondary education enrollment rate, and tertiary education enrollment rate (10%)
7.Financial inclusion: Female-to-male composite ratio of the rate of account holders at a financial institution, rate of borrowing, and mobile banking rates (10%)
8.Digital inclusion: Female-to-male composite ratio of the rate of internet and mobile users (10%)
9.Number of care institutions: Child care, elderly care, disable care, sick care in proportion to the total population (10%)
10.Number of new business registrations by women: Collect sex-disaggregated data at the time of business registration to build a data-base of companies owned by women.