The C20 Gender Working Group is dedicated to promoting the mainstreaming of gender equality into the G20 agenda and all its processes. It will strive to ensure that the processes fully guarantees the promotion and protection of human rights, especially of women, girls and LGBTQI people.
The group will be focusing on identifying the main obstacles, and carrying out proposals to eliminate inequalities and combat discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation; and guarantee access to rights and full economic, social, and political participation of all people in an equitable manner. In a context where at least 35% of women globally have reported experiences of abuse, and women’s labor participation rates are far below the rates of their male counterparts, despite similar or greater levels of success in higher education. The C20 Gender Working Group will bring global perspectives together to empower women and advocate for gender issues. The Working Group will endeavor to hold global leaders to previous commitments to eliminate discrimination, take action against gender-based violence, and close the gender gap.
Joanne Yates is the chief executive officer of Domestic Violence New South Wales (NSW), the foremost ADJ organization covering a wide range of family and domestic violence issues in New South Wales. Joanne is responsible for policy advocacy and legislative reform, program research and responsiveness to improve outcomes for women survivors of domestic and family violence.
Joanne has extensive experience in public policy development and stakeholder engagement across a range of portfolios including women’s leadership, law enforcement and social justice within politics, government and not-for-profit settings. In 2014, as the C20 Sherpa, she managed the Civil Society dialogue with the Australian G20 forum on international economic cooperation. This confirmed for her the importance across sectoral cooperation and collaboration to impact social change.
Joanne holds a Master of public policy and social research from Macquarie University and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mae Almuzaini is the Founder & CEO of The Arab Institute for Women’s Empowerment, NUSF, a premier women’s executive leadership body founded to help Saudi and GCC women develop professionally, lead in the corporate world, and make a lasting positive impact on society.
Mae was also the Manager of Regulatory Affairs in Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest energy provider. Under Mae’s leadership, her team served as the company’s think tank and decision support center, monitoring the regulatory and public policy landscape, providing analyses, strategies and recommendations on issues that impact the government and company.
Throughout her 29-year career in the Company, Mae has advanced to become one of the female leaders in Saudi Aramco. She has held various leadership positions across the Company. Her previous posts include Administrator of Corporate Brand Management, Director of Public Affairs in the Company’s US subsidiary offices, Manager of Public Relations Operations Department and Manager ofCorporate Affairs Services.
Mae has completed several executive training programs with various US institutions including Rice and Duke Universities and attended company executive management programs such as the Asia Business & Culture program (ABC) and Saudi Aramco Management Development Seminar (SAMDS).