January 26, 2018

Promoting Gender Equality: Women20 for the G20

Promoting Gender Equality: Women20 for the G20

Women’s empowerment is a core pillar of FINCA’s mission, and a key indicator in our social performance measurement. Achieving gender equality is critical for catalyzing inclusive economic growth.

Recently, FINCA International board member, Amanda Ellis, co-authored a new report, “Women20 for the G20,” that outlines recommendations for G20 countries to promote gender equality in the Asia-Pacific region.

G20 members committed in 2014 to reducing the gender employment gap by 25 percent by 2025 (“25 by 25”). According to the report, as much as $28 trillion could be added to the global economy should this goal be attained. Recommendations to close the gender gap include: actively promote women’s financial inclusion; improve women’s access to digital technologies; adopt proactive legislation to support women-owned businesses; and encourage female representation on corporate boards, among others.

Women20 (W20) is an official G20 engagement group that aims to promote women’s economic empowerment as an integral part of the G20 process. The report was prepared for the East-West Center’s Inaugural Asia-Pacific Dialogue 2017.

Download the full report: W20 to G20 Report 2017