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G20 EMPOWER: Empowering Women's Economic Representation For Progression

G20 Empower

Leading the Way for Women Empowerment

Jun 03, 2023
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The G20 Alliance for the Empowerment and Progression of Women's Economic Representation (EMPOWER) is a collaborative effort between G20 business leaders and governments. This alliance aims to promote and support the economic empowerment of women globally. Under the leadership of G20India, the G20 EMPOWER Inception Meeting was held in Agra on 11th and 12th February 2023 at the prestigious Taj Convention Hotel. This gathering marked an important milestone in the pursuit of women-led development and showcased India's commitment to gender equality and women's economic advancement.


India's Vision for AtmaNirbhar Bharat

Dr. Mahendra Munjpara, in his address to the delegates, emphasized that India's vision of 'AtmaNirbhar Bharat' (self-reliant India) cannot be fully achieved unless women and girls attain self-reliance. India has adopted a multi-pronged approach that ensures gender justice, equality, and enables the full expression and participation of women in all spheres of life. By prioritizing women-led development, India is taking concrete steps to create an inclusive and equitable society.


Three Focus Areas under India's G20 Presidency

As part of its G20 Presidency, India has identified three key focus areas to promote women's economic representation and empowerment:


1. Women's Entrepreneurship: A Win-Win for Equity and Economy

Recognizing the significant role women entrepreneurs play in fostering economic growth and achieving gender equality, this focus area seeks to create an enabling environment for women to start and scale their businesses. By providing access to finance, mentorship programs, and capacity-building initiatives, G20 EMPOWER aims to unleash the entrepreneurial potential of women, leading to a win-win situation for both equity and the economy.


2. Partnership for Promoting Women's Leadership at All Levels

To achieve true gender parity, it is essential to promote women's leadership at all levels, including grassroots organizations, corporate boardrooms, and public institutions. G20 EMPOWER is committed to fostering partnerships between governments, businesses, and civil society organizations to facilitate the advancement of women into leadership roles. Through mentorship programs, leadership training, and inclusive policies, this focus area aims to break barriers and empower women to take charge.


3. Education: The Key to Women's Empowerment and Equal Workforce Participation

Education is a powerful tool for empowerment and a catalyst for change. G20 EMPOWER recognizes the crucial role of education in promoting gender equality and ensuring equal workforce participation. This focus area aims to enhance access to quality education for girls and women, promote STEM education, and bridge the gender gap in fields such as science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. By providing equal opportunities and removing educational barriers, G20 EMPOWER seeks to create a future where women thrive in all professional domains.


Panel Discussions and Collaborative Initiatives

During the G20 EMPOWER Inception Meeting, several panel discussions were held to address pertinent issues related to women's economic representation and empowerment. Two notable discussions included:


Role of Digitalization and Future Skills in Empowering Women

This panel discussion explored the transformative power of digitalization and future skills in empowering women. By leveraging technology, digital platforms, and upskilling initiatives, women can access new opportunities, overcome traditional barriers, and participate more actively in the digital economy. The panel highlighted the importance of digital literacy, access to technology, and the creation of an inclusive digital ecosystem that supports women's economic growth.


Enhancing Women's Participation in Non-Traditional Workforce: Institutionalized Support for Introducing Gender Equitable Opportunities in STEM and AI

This panel discussion shed light on the importance of enhancing women's participation in non-traditional fields such as science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and artificial intelligence (AI). It emphasized the need for institutionalized support, including mentorship programs, scholarships, and initiatives to encourage girls and women to pursue careers in these domains. By creating gender equitable opportunities and fostering an inclusive environment, G20 EMPOWER aims to bridge the gender gap in STEM and AI and unlock the untapped potential of women in these industries.


Culmination and Cultural Exchange

The G20 EMPOWER Inception Meeting concluded with a memorable excursion to the iconic Taj Mahal, a testament to India's rich cultural heritage. Additionally, a vibrant cultural evening called 'Strings of the World' was organized, showcasing the diversity and talent of artists from different parts of the globe. The delegates and guests were treated to a mesmerizing light and sound show, immersing them in the beauty and grandeur of the Taj Mahal.


Exhibition: Showcasing Women-led Micro-Enterprises and Artisans

Alongside the event, an exhibition was held to celebrate and promote the work of women-led micro-enterprises, women artisans, and craftspersons from various Indian states. The exhibition provided a platform for these talented individuals to showcase their skills, craftsmanship, and entrepreneurial endeavors. It served as a reminder of the immense contributions made by women in diverse sectors and highlighted the need to support and uplift their businesses.


Empowering Women: A Collective Responsibility

The G20 EMPOWER initiative reflects the collective responsibility of governments, business leaders, and society at large to empower women and promote their economic representation. By addressing key focus areas, fostering partnerships, and implementing inclusive policies, G20 EMPOWER aims to create a world where women have equal opportunities, access to resources, and the ability to thrive in their chosen fields. This initiative serves as a powerful catalyst for progress and sets a precedent for global collaboration in advancing gender equality.



The G20 Alliance for the Empowerment and Progression of Women's Economic Representation (EMPOWER) is a significant step toward achieving women's economic empowerment and gender equality on a global scale. The G20 EMPOWER Inception Meeting held in Agra, India, showcased India's commitment to women-led development and highlighted the importance of prioritizing women's economic representation. Through focused areas of entrepreneurship, leadership promotion, and education, G20 EMPOWER aims to create a more equitable and inclusive society. By fostering collaborations and implementing sustainable initiatives, we can empower women, unlock their potential, and build a brighter future for all.

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