International Collaboration for Women’s Empowerment
The vibrant city of Gandhinagar, Gujarat, played host to a momentous event from August 2nd to 4th, 2023 – the G20 Ministerial Conference on Women’s Empowerment.
This landmark conference saw the convergence of Women and Gender Equality Ministers from across G20 nations and guest countries, united in their commitment to advancing the cause of gender equality.
Nurturing Global Empowerment – India’s Initiatives
The Ministry of Women and Child Development, serving as the Nodal Officer for G20 Empower and W20, orchestrated a series of seven international meetings, culminating in the Ministerial Conference for Women Empowerment.
The conference served as a platform for over 138 international delegates hailing from 15 G20 countries including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Japan, Saudi Arabia, USA, and more, along with representation from 5 Guest Countries.
A symphony of voices, with over 60 speakers, united to champion women’s empowerment.
Powerhouse Inaugural Session Sets the Tone
The inaugural session was graced by esteemed dignitaries, including the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Sh. Narendra Modi, who emphasized the vital role of women in propelling global progress.
The Chief Coordinator of India’s G20 Presidency, Shri Harsh Vardhan Shringla, and Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, Minister for Women & Child Development and Minority Affairs, India, jointly marked the occasion.
The stage also welcomed international luminaries like Ms. I Gusti Ayu Bintang Darmawati from Indonesia and Ms. Maria Helena Guarezi from Brazil, among others.
Focused Discussions – Education, Leadership, and More
The conference echoed discussions spanning a plethora of themes, from education with a spotlight on STEM fields, digital skills, and women in emerging technologies, to fostering grassroots leadership and women’s entrepreneurship. Participants delved into topics such as culture, women’s enterprise, and innovation.
Resounding Conclusions and Future Commitments
The Ministerial Conference concluded with resounding calls for action. Dr. Munjpara Mahendrabhai, Minister of State for Women & Child Development, India, offered insights, marking the transition of the conference baton to Brazil.
The commitment to gender equality was solidified in the Chair Statement, representing a harmonious chorus of G20 Ministers and international organizations.
India’s Vision – A Transformative Legacy
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi articulated India’s transformative vision, encapsulating the essence of women-led development. He voiced,
“When women prosper, the world prospers.”
India’s G20 Presidency focused on a life-course approach, propelling women beyond mere empowerment, while also spotlighting grassroots leadership and women’s vital role in the face of climate change.
Spotlight on Tangible Progress and Local Leadership
India’s prowess was evident in its emphasis on education, particularly in STEM fields, bridging the gender digital divide through ‘TechEquity’, a Digital Inclusion Platform. The G20 EMPOWER playbook saw a remarkable addition, spotlighting women at the grassroots.
The KPI Dashboard for G20 EMPOWER signaled a dedicated focus on the role of women in Small and Medium Enterprises.
A Global Impetus for Gender Equality
India’s legacy is etched in its unwavering commitment to gender equality. The presidency expanded G20 EMPOWER advocates, empowered women at all levels, and celebrated their resilience.
The W20 engagement group championed women’s role in climate change resilience, aligning with India’s Mission LiFE. Cultural showcases and exhibitions highlighted India’s rich heritage.
Catalyst for Change – India’s Leadership
In a resounding testament, India’s G20 Presidency carved a transformative path for women’s empowerment. The G20’s role in addressing gender equality emerged as a beacon of change, leaving an indelible mark on policies, mindsets, and partnerships.
The baton is passed to Brazil, symbolizing a continuum of consensus-driven progress.
Inspiring Tomorrow – Women as Architects of Progress
As India’s G20 Presidency transitions, it leaves an enduring legacy of gender-equitable policies and empowering interventions. Women are envisioned as catalysts for progress, architects of change, and leaders in their own right.
India’s legacy shall inspire positive transformation, propelling the world toward a brighter, more inclusive future.