C20 Contribution: Professor Dr.h.c. Christa Randzio-Plath President Marie Schlei Association Workshop 7 WOMEN’S ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT- challenges and perspectives for G20: Workshop C20 Hamburg HafenCity University 18th June 2017

In many regions of this world women`s rights again are under threat. G20 has to reconfirm the equality between men and women and women rights as human rights.  Women’s economic empowerment is a prerequisite of sustainable development, inclusive growth, and the achievement of the UN Agenda 2030. At the same time, it is about rights and equitable societies.

Achieving women’s economic empowerment will need sound public policies, a comprehensive approach and long-time commitment from actors in the G20 countries but also in view to all UN family members..

Start with women by integrating gender-specific perspectives at the design stage of policy and programming. Women experience barriers in almost every aspect of work. Even legally. Employment opportunities need to be improved. At the same time women perform the bulk of unpaid care work. Innovative approaches and partnerships are needed to scale up women’s economic empowerment. Gender equality, the empowerment of women, women’s full enjoyment of all human rights and the eradication of poverty are essential to economic, social and ecological sustainable development.

G20 underlings the necessity for increasing the employment rate of women by 25% by 2025 in order to increase the growth rate of the world economy. This is not the right approach: the majority of women work world-wide in the informal sector und poor jobs . They need decent work in the terms of the International Labour Organisation. How to achieve economic empowerment of women.

The Workshop with participants from Africa, Argentina and Germany wants an open discussion on the challenges and perspectives. Short statements on the definition and situation of economic empowerment , on Genderbudgeting as a strategy to deliver and different inputs from Kenia and Argentina will facilitate the discussion.

The Marie Schlei Association, a German Development NGO focusing on fighting poverty by professional training of women and girls concentrates on mobilizing funds for the economic empowerment of women. The NGO  works together with African, Asian or Latin American partners who decide the way of implementation on a participatory basis and are engaged  about women cooperatives especially in rural areas. This is a new way of participatory farming with view to future opportunities.