Over 800 women from around the world take part in the W20 Summit in Buenos Aires
The Women 20 summit under the Argentinian presidency in the G20 started on 1 October 2018 in Buenos Aires. The summit will continue till Wednesday and conclude with the communique`s adoption and its presentation to Argentina’s President, Mauricio Macri. Over 800 women from around the world are taking part in the W20 summit.
Argentina’s first lady, Juliana Awada, took part in the opening. As she emphasized, “It is clear that closing the gap is a goal that can no longer be postponed”.
Susana Balbo, W20 Chair, said: “A key objective of the W20 this year has been to increase the number of representatives per country to ensure a plurality of voices, which is a guiding principle for us, and the representation of all G20 countries.”
The agenda of the summit includes a wide range of issues, in particular rural women and their development, digitalization, new financial tools, initiatives to promote labour inclusion for women and the role of feminism in the fight against male violence, among other topics. The list of speakers includes Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, who will speak via video conference; Lilianne Ploumen, Member of Parliament of the Netherlands; Evelina Cabrera, Chair of the Argentine Women’s Football Association; Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women; Svetlana Lukash, Russian G20 Sherpa; and Irmgard Griss, former President of the Austrian Supreme Court of Justice.
About the W20
Since its creation in 2015 under the Turkish G20 presidency, the W20 brings together women’s civil society organizations and women entrepreneurs from around the world.
During the Argentine G20 presidency, the W20 is being chaired by entrepreneur and businesswoman Susana Balbo.
Press-release at the Argentinian G20 presidency official web-site