Official G20 Engagement Groups urge G20 to take action on gender equality
Tokyo, 5 June 2019
The statements ask G20 to “put their words into action” on addressing violence and harassment in the world of work and eliminating gaps in labour market participation.
“These joint statements send a clear cross-sector message to G20 that gender equality sits at the heart of sustainable economic development” said Atsuko Miwa, Co-Chair of Civil20, the official civil society strand of G20.
The statements come just weeks before the International Labour Conference in Geneva from 10-21 June and the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Osaka on 28 and 29 June.
“It is critical that countries agree to adopt and ratify the upcoming ILO Convention and Recommendation on violence and harassment in the world of work” said Sharan Burrow, Labour20, which represents workers in the G20 process.
“There is currently no international agreement to protect women and other vulnerable groups in the workplace, despite recent movements such as #MeToo exposing the gravity of the problem.”
In Osaka, leaders of the world’s largest 20 economies will issue their annual Leaders’ Declaration in late June, which outlines a series of commitments and statements related to sustainable economic development.
“G20 has made several statements related to gender equality in the past, including a commitment in 2014 to reduce gender gaps in labour market participation by 25 per cent by 2025.” said Ms. Miwa.
“Achieving economic justice for everyone will only be achieved if countries turn these words into action, which is why we are calling on G20 leaders to develop national action plans for eliminating gaps in labour market participation. We are calling on G20 to extend this commitment to include marginalised groups, such as people with disabilities and LGBTQI people, so that no one is left behind. Achieving social and economic justice for everyone should be at the heart of G20’s commitments. We hope that G20 will demonstrate this by acting on these two vital issues of gender equality,” concluded Ms. Miwa.
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Download the statementsFINAL Joint Statement on Eliminating Violence and Harassment in the World of Work2
FINAL Joint Statement on Eliminating Gaps in Labour Market Participation