Women20 (W20) launches its agenda to enrich the G20
Present at the kick-off event were Argentina Vice President Gabriela Michetti, Treasury Minister Nicolás Dujovne, Social Development Minister Carolina Stanley, First Lady Juliana Awada, Argentina’s G20 Sherpa Pedro Villagra Delgado, and additional public figures. Photo gallery available
The G20 Sherpa for Argentina, Pedro Villagra Delgado, officially opened the launch ceremony, which took place in the auditorium of the Friends of the Fine Arts Museum Foundation. "With gender mainstreaming, women's issues are not only treated within the W20," he stated.
The Sherpa’s opening remarks were followed by Argentina’s Vice President Gabriela Michetti: “It would be great one day to have stopped talking about gender policies, or disability policies. It would mean that there’s simply no more differentiation. Putting in place public policies that support and assist women will generate benefits from every perspective.”
Argentina’s Treasury Minister Nicolás Dujovne closed the welcome statements. "If the G20 has to improve the lives of Argentines and of everyone across the world, it also has to advance gender equality.”
Immediately thereafter began the formal presentation of the W20, which included remarks from Mona Kuppers, outgoing W20 chair from the German presidency; Susana Balbo, congresswoman and incoming W20 chair; and Andrea Grobocopatel, businesswoman and incoming W20 co-chair.
Their comments were followed by a panel on governmental support for the implementation of W20 recommendations. Participating in the panel were Katarina Barley, German Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth; and Carolina Stanley, Argentine Minister for Social Development.
"As President Macri has said, this is a people-centred G20. Giving equal opportunities to women and men is fundamental,” stated Minister Stanley.
Following their remarks a new panel took the stage to present the themes of W20 Argentina. The panel featured Lara Blanco, UN Women Deputy Regional Director for the Americas & the Caribbean, Gala Díaz Langou, Social Proteccion Director of the NGO CIPPEC; Rebeca Grynspan, Secretary-General of the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB); and Sergio Ríos, Chief of Operations for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Argentina.
First Lady of Argentina Juliana Awada also attended the event and commemorated the initiative, "It is an honor to participate in the launch of the W20, which represents women from around the world under a common objective to encourage investment in their economic empowerment...We must work together to ensure that women recognize their own potential. One grows and develops based on ability and talent, regardless of being a boy or a girl."
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About the Engagement Groups
The W20 is one of 7 independent engagement groups comprised of civil society organizations from the G20 member counties. The engagement groups convene in tandem with the G20 and ensure that the position of civil society on important issues is taken on board by the G20 leaders.
About the G20
The G20 started out in 1999 as a meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors. In 2008, amidst the global financial crisis, it evolved into what it is today: a major forum that seeks to develop global policies to address today’s most pressing issues. The G20 summits are attended by the heads of state and government of 19 of the world’s leading economies and the EU. Together, the G20 members represent 85% of global GDP, two-thirds of the world’s population and 75% of international trade.