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Alliance of G20 EMPOWER Successfully Raised the Recommendation Related to the Women’s Empowerment

Nusa Dua, 23 November 2022. The end of the Group of Twenty (G20) Summit in Nusa Dua, Bali, on November 15-16, 2022, resulted in 52 points of "Declaration of G20 Leaders", which were mutually agreed upon by all summit participants. Of the 8 points related to the issue of women's empowerment and gender participation, one of them is a recommendation from the G20 EMPOWER alliance, which is related to the issue of women's empowerment and gender equality. The results of the declaration of the G20 Bali Summit also stated that in the future the G20 would continue to provide support for the implementation of the issue of women's empowerment.


The Minister of Women's Empowerment and Child Protection (PPPA) of the Republic of Indonesia, Bintang Puspayoga stated that "In particular, we view that the G20 declaration has made important progress because for the first time the G20 countries have agreed and committed to women's empowerment in a separate complete statement, which is contained in the 46th point of commitment to the G20 Leaders Declaration in Bali.”


The 46th point noted that:


  • Because women and girls have received the impact of Covid-19 and other crises so deeply, we (governments of G20 member countries) affirm our commitment to placing gender equality and women’s empowerment as the core of efforts to implement inclusive recovery and sustainable development.


  • Governments of G20 member countries are committed to implementing the G20 Roadmap Towards and Beyond the Brisbane Goal to encourage financial inclusion and access to digital technology, as well as to address the imbalance in the distribution of the domestic work industry and its maintenance, both paid and unpaid, especially ending the gap in the inequality of gender-based wage system/payment.


  • G20 member governments are committed to eliminating gender-based violence, improving education, care, health, and social services, and overcoming gender stereotypes.


  • G20 member governments will continue to promote equal access for women and girls to get inclusive and quality education. This includes participation in STEM Education, women's entrepreneurship in MSMEs and being able to access leadership positions.


  • Governments of G20 member countries encourage the improvement of women’s life quality in rural areas and women with disabilities. Governments of G20 countries welcome the framework that has been prepared by the EMPOWER Alliance and its constructive involvement in the G20 forum.


  • Governments of G20 member countries welcome and support the holding of ministerial-level conferences on women's empowerment in the G20 forum in the next year and in the future.


Furthermore, Bintang emphasized that, with the stipulation of the head of state's commitment to empowerment in a separate item, it shows that the G20 is paying attention to the fate of women. In addition, G20 member countries are also serious about placing women and children at the core of inclusive and sustainable development. According to Bintang, they are also committed to building a global economic architecture that starts from equality and the elimination of inequality, both in the distribution of domestic work and caregiving as well as inequality.


Chair of G20 EMPOWER, Yessie D Yosetya, said, “As an alliance or working group of the G20 related to the empowerment and representation of women's economic progress, G20 EMPOWER has struggled to accelerate the leadership and empowerment of women in the private sector. In front of the Ministers for Women's Empowerment from all G20 member countries, we have demonstrated the ongoing commitment of G20 EMPOWER in bringing recommendations that can be followed up as part of the G20 working group of the Indonesian Presidency."


According to Yessie, the tireless marathon work of the G20 EMPOWER alliance throughout 2022 has yielded good results. The placement of women's empowerment to gender equality issues was declared to be one of the priorities at the G20 Summit of the Indonesian Presidency.


Meanwhile, G20 EMPOWER Co-Chair, Rina Prihatiningsih, said, "We really appreciate the decision of the G20 Presidency of Indonesia to declare seven other points related to the realization of access, participation, benefit, and control that is inclusive, fair, equal and sustainable so that no one is left behind. This means that there are a total of 8 out of 52 items or 15% of the contents of the declaration that discuss this issue. This means that there is a significant increase from the previous G20 Presidency in Italy which only reached 8%. Of course, this is a tangible manifestation of cross-sectoral collaboration between ministries, engagement group Women of 20 (W20), private institutions, women's organizations, and all those who are members of the EMPOWER forum, which helped ensure the achievement of this declaration."


Seven other points related to women’s empowerment and gender equality are:


  • Point 6, applying the One Health approach, intensifying research on food science and technology, and increasing the capacity of all stakeholders along the food supply chain, especially women, youth, small farmers, marginal farmers, and fishermen.


  • Point 25, encourages international collaboration to further develop digital skills and digital literacy to take advantage of the positive impacts of digital transformation, especially for women, girls, and people in vulnerable situations and further supports efforts to develop reliable skills and literacy.


  • Point 26, makes digital technology the key to restoring empowerment in various sectors, including building a strong and sustainable food and agriculture system, creating sustainable and decent jobs and developing human capacity, supporting inclusive trade, industrialization, and investment, increasing productivity, and unlocking future economic potential, especially for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), including start-ups. Furthermore, ensuring that no one is left behind in the effort to change society towards digital, by involving all stakeholders, including youth, women, the business sector, audit institutions, parliament, scientists, and workers.


  • Point 28 supports the G20 Financial Inclusion Framework on Utilizing Digitization to Increase Productivity and Promote a Sustainable and Inclusive Economy for Women, Youth, and MSMEs or the Yogyakarta Financial Inclusion Framework based on the G20 Financial Inclusion Action Plan 2020.


  • Point 39, raises automation and digital technology in the world of work and takes advantage of opportunities and challenges. Addressing the COVID-19 pandemic situation that has exacerbated pre-existing inequalities in many countries, where the situation continues to disproportionately affect women, youth, elderly workers, persons with disabilities, and immigrant workers.


  • Point 41, commits to human-centered, inclusive, equitable, and sustainable approaches that lead to greater social justice, decent work, and social protection for all. Continue cross-sectoral integration of persons with disabilities, women, and youth, and promote an inclusive labor market.


  • Point 44, empowers relevant actors inside and outside the G20 to remove barriers to education, improve the teaching and learning environment, and support transition within and at all stages of education, with an emphasis on women and girls. Underscores the importance of the well-being of students in their preparation for work and meaningful participation and contribution to a more just, inclusive, and sustainable society.



A total of no less than 150 participants who attended directly the 4th Sherpa Meeting of the G20 Presidency of Indonesia. They are the Sherpa heads of the G20 member countries namely, Argentina, Australia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, the UK, the United States, European Union, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Canada, China, and Brazil. This limited meeting was also attended by representatives from all G20 working groups, including the G20 EMPOWER alliance as part of the Sherpa.

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