United Nations agency for women has thanked Turkey for its leadership in the launch of Women 20 (W20), a new engagement group created under the auspices of the G20 to advance the economic empowerment of women by promoting gender inclusiveness and gender equality.
Formed under the Turkish term presidency of the G20, the W20 organised its first global event last September in Ankara, Turkey.
Speaking at the 60th Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri said “I want to thank Turkey for its leadership and embrace of W20.”
The Turkish Presidency proposed establishing the W20 which would provide support for the efforts made by the G20 towards achieving inclusive growth and raising the profile of gender issues.
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister, Ali Babacan, introduced the idea in December 2014 and the presidency achieve consensus among all G20 members, which constitute two-thirds of the world’s population, to form the W20 as a new stand-alone engagement in 2015.
With the main theme being the empowerment of women, the engagement group is designated to focus on overcoming contemporary challenges regarding gender inclusivity within the global economy.