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Women 20 Recommendations to the Governments

Women 20 (W20) was set up under the 2015 Turkish G20 Presidency as a stand-alone official G20 Engagement Group, which focuses on the promotion of economic growth in a gender responsive and inclusive manner.  This year, the G20 Presidency is with Argentina. The W20 Summit was recently held in Buenos Aires. Four main topics were discussed: Women’s labor inclusion Since the G20 Leaders Declaration at the 2012 Los Cabos Summit in Mexico, economic inclusion is on the agenda of G20 governments. For this purpose, the G20 governments signed a 25 by 25 principle in 2014 in Brisbane, Australia. Until the year 2025, each country will decrease their own gap by 25 percent in the employment of women. This year, labor inclusion was discussed at length in workshops all over the world. The demand was to accelerate the pace of inclusion, invest in care economy, promote shared parental responsibility and eliminate all forms of discrimination…

Kadın 20 – W20’nin Hükümetlere Tavsiyeleri

Kadın 20 -Women 20- W20, G20 de ekonomik büyümenin toplumsal cinsiyete duyarlı ve kapsayıcı bir şekilde teşvik edilmesine odaklanmak üzere resmî ve bağımsız bir açılım grubu olarak 2015 yılında G20 Türkiye Başkanlığı tarafından kuruldu. Bu yıl G20’nin Başkanı olan ülke Arjantin. Bu yılın Kadın 20 – W20 toplantısı Buenos Aires’te gerçekleştirildi. Dört ana konu tartışıldı. Kadının İşgücüne Dahil Olması  2012 yılında gerçekleşen Los Cabos Meksika G20 Tebliği’nden bu yana kadının ekonomiye katılımı G20 hükümetlerinin gündeminde. Bu amaçla G20 hükümetleri 2014 yılında Avustralya’da 25’e 25 prensibini imzaladılar. Yani, 2025 yılına kadar her ülke, kadın istihdamında kendi ülkesindeki boşluğu ya da farkı % 25 oranında azaltacak. Bu yıl, bu işgücü katılımı, tüm dünyada düzenlenen atölyelerde uzun uzun tartışıldı. Sonuçta talep, katılım hızını hızlandırmak, bakım ekonomisine yatırım yapmak, ortak ebeveynlik sorumluluğunu desteklemek, iş yerinde beklenen geleceğin iş modelleri ile ilgili değişiklikleri de öngören iş dünyasında kadınların statüsünü geliştirmek için her türlü ayrımcılığı ve tacizi ortadan…

W20 Argentina 2018 Communiqué

We, the representatives of the Women20 (W20) 2018 network, strongly believe that gender equality is a key driver of sustainable and inclusive growth. This view is at the core of the G20 Argentina 2018 agenda and is in line with Sustainable Development Goal 5, which aims to “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”. Building on the strong foundation established during previous W20 consultations, the W20 identifies the main challenges to be addressed and which are strategic for the G20. INCREASE AND IMPROVE WOMEN’S PARTICIPATION IN THE LABOR FORCE BY: 1. Accelerating the pace of implementation of the 2014 Brisbane commitment to reduce the gender gap in labour force participation by 25 percent by 2025 by developing and funding National Plans and reporting the progress on an annual basis. 2. Investing public funds to ensure affordable, quality and professionalized universal care services for people with dependents, including those…

Gülden Türktan On The Second Ewf And Gender Quality

An interview with the Founder and the First President of W20  The Second Eurasian Women’s Forum brought together over 1500 women-leaders from 110 countries in St. Petersburg’s Tauride Palace. Gülden Türktan, the Founder and the First President of W20, visited the event as part of Turkish delegation. Ms. Türktan believes that the Forum turned out to be very fruitful to meet a lot of successful women and full of events.  Each person, who had the opportunity to speak to Gülden Türktan during the EWF, was fascinated with her energy, intelligence, and charm. It certainly takes great inner strength to initiate and lead such platform as the W20. One must also remember that her home country is Turkey, where many people still believe women’s destiny is to just run the house and take care of their families. Nevertheless, Ms. Türktan is a truly positive person. 3 years ago, she said: “Role…

Dr. Gülden Türktan Rusya’nın St. Petersburg kentinde 2018 İkinci Avrasya Kadın Forumu’nun Toplum Nezdinde Tanıma Ödülü’nü aldı.

Forum Rusya Devleti tarafından Başkan Putin’in himayelerinde düzenlendi. Ödül, kadınların çalışma hayatlarındaki başarı ve etkilerinin toplumun sürdürülebilir kalkınmasına yönelik katkılarının tanınması amacıyla düzenlenmektedir. Başkan Putin’in bir konuşma yaptığı Forum’da 6,000 kadar kadın ve erkek katılımcı vardı.   İkinci Avrasya Forumu, Rusya’nın en etkili kadını olan, Rusya Federasyonu Konseyi Başkanı Valentina Matviyenka liderliğinde düzenlendi. Gülden Türktan ödülünü Başkan Matviyenka’nın elinden aldı. İkinci Avrasya Kadın Forumu Ödülü, sivil toplumda sürdürülebilir kalkınmayı amaçlayan, modern gündemin oluşturulmasının, uygulanmasının ve geliştirilmesinin yanı sıra, sağlıklı ve dürüst toplumların ön plana çıkması için yapılan katkılarının toplum ve kamuoyuna önünde tanıtılması için düzenlemektedir ve ödülller özel bir tören ile takdim edilmektedir. Dr. Gülden Türktan, G20’nin dünya çapındaki kadın platformu olan W20’de kadın dünyasını devletlere kadın politikaları önermek için bir araya getirmek üzerine yapılan çabalar nedeniyle W20’nin Kurucu Başkanı olarak Kamu Nezdinde Tanıtılması ödülüne layık görüldü. W20 kadınların ekonomideki statüsünün arttırılması ve ekonomiye katılımları için bir platform görevi görüyor…

Dr. Gülden Turktan has received the Public Recognition Award of the Second Eurasian Women Forum of 2018 in St.Petersburg, Russia.

The Forum has been organized by the courtesy of government of Russia with auspices of President Putin. The award is organized for the recognition of the achievements of women in their work and for their contributions towards the sustainable development of the society. The Second Eurasian Women’s Forum Award embodies a ceremony for the public acknowledgment of the contributions of the winners in forming, implementing and developing the modern agenda aimed sustainable development in the civil society as well as bringing forward healthy and upright society. The Second Eurasian Forum was organized under the leadership of Valentina Matviyenka, the Chairperson of the Council of Russian Federation, the most influential woman in Russia. In the Second Eurasian Women’s Forum Prize “Public Recognition – 2018” award ceremony was held in the Catherine Hall of the Tauride Palace on September 21, 2018. Gülden Türktan received her Public Recognition Award from Valentina Matviyenko, as…

No Going Back: Making Gender Equality Happen

No Going Back: Making Gender Equality Happen was the title of the policy forum organized by Chatham House and took place on July 9-10 in London. The title is not only eye catching, but also quite controversial. Is there anybody suggesting that we need to go back? This was addressed by the keynote speech of Arancha Gonzales, the Executive Director of International Trade Centre. Other opening addresses were conducted by Susan Harris Rimmer who is an Associate Fellow of Chatham House and Associate Professor at Griffith University; Paola Subacchi who is Senior Research Fellow at Chatham House; and Julie Teigland who is the Chair of International Policy Forum and Managing partner of EY Germany, Switzerland and Austria as well as the Global Leader for EY’s Women Fast Forward Program. Recap of G20 and G7 work was discussed under Susan Rimmer’s moderation with W20 Chair for Argentina – Susano Balbo; Canadian…

Interview with Dr. Gulden Turktan, the first President of the Women 20 group

During the 2015 G20 Presidency of Turkey, in April 2015, the Women 20 (W20) group was created to increase women’s participation in the business world. The W20 will operate similarly to the Business 20 (B20) group and will act as an engagement group with a Secretariat responsible for preparing a final declaration for the G20 Leaders’ summit in November 2015. Empower Women in Istanbul interviewed Dr. Gülden Türktan, the first President of W20. She is one of the founders and President of the Women Entrepreneurs’ Association in Turkey (KAGIDER), and is currently a member of its Executive Board. Dr. Türktan was one of the masterminds behind FEM—a successful equal opportunity workplace programme launched by KAGIDER with a keynote speech of Robert Zoellick, former President of The World Bank. She is also an entrepreneur, and for 20 years, she worked as an executive and board member of the local operation of one…

Center For International Institutions Research

Women 20 (W20) is one of the most recent G20 outreach formats established in May 2015 under the Turkey presidency.  The W20 focuses on promoting gender inclusiveness and gender equality, essentially making a significant contribution towards a strong, sustainable and balanced growth trend globally. The W20 creation was blessed by the G20 leaders in their Antalya Communiqué which includes leaders` intention to engage with this outreach track.  The W20 believes that increased women economic empowerment will contribute to achieving two key G20 goals – improving performance and governance, in particular private sector transparency.  The W20 calls for inclusion of women priorities in all G20 areas of work (macroeconomics, global economic governance, budgeting etc.) and set itself a task to “remember” the G20 on its commitments and contribute to improving G20 accountability.  Despite other outreach groups, e.g. B20 which recommendations are nonbinding, W20 since a moment of its creation strives to…

Yeni Dönem Parlemento’da Kadın Milletvekillerimiz

Kadının yargıda, tıpta, akademide, sanatta, sporda ve de politikada yer alması kadının ekonomideki varlığına, paydaş olarak yer almasına ve toplumun kadına bakış açısı açısından bir alt yapı veya bir ekosistem oluşturuyor. Parlementoda kadının varlığı hem ekonomiyi hem diğer kadınları olumlu etkiliyor. Bu kadın başarılı bir parlementer veya bir doktor olduysa, ben de başarılı bir girişimci veya sanatçı olabilirim dedirten olumlu düşünceye yol açıyor ve dolaylı bir rol model etkisi oluşturuyor. Başarılı bir politikacı kadın ise bu insan benim derdimi dinler diye bir güven ortamı yaratılıyor. Parlamento’da kadın sadece kadın sorunlarına çözüm de değil. Tüm sorunlara kendi bakış açısının katkısını sunan olumlu bir enerji ve her zaman sürdürebilirlilik bakış açısını ortaya çıkacak kararlara taşıyabilecek bir güçtür. Eğer kapsayıcılık konusunda yazılmış bütün makaleleri düzden ve tersten okursak kadına değer vermeyen toplumlarda sürdürülebilirlik ve finansal başarı olamadığını çok net olarak görebiliyoruz. 24 Haziran seçiminin pek çok kazanan vardı. Sayın Cumhurbaşkanı Erdoğan kazandı. Başkan oldu. Yeni…

BIAC General Assembly, OECD Forum on May 29 – 30, 2018 and W20@OECD, Paris

The W20 Brainstorming Session @OECD OECD Forum 2018 at OECD Headquarters started with the W20 Argentina’s Brainstorming session for me. The W20 develops policy recommendations through the input received and the different outlook or views and relevant recent developments gathered. The brainstorming paper included Labor Inclusion, Digital Inclusion, Financial Inclusion and Rural Inclusion. The team from W20 Argentina and Virginia Littlejohn of Quantum Leaps of the USA gave an elaborated and still neat presentation of where the status of the paper is and received input from a well selected and attended of many expert in the audience including Monika Queisser, the Head of Social Policy in OECD. The leaders of G20 countries have the goal reducing the gap between the participation rates of men and women by 25% until the year 2025 in their respective countries. Policy recommendations to improve gender balance are desperately needed for the countries to reach…

Can you have a second chance? Yes, you can!

Aysen Savcı studied Industrial Engineering at the Middle East Technical University. “Back then Industrial Engineering was not a classical discipline, but a fairly new discipline” says Aysen. After school she worked at Ericsson, later she joined the Swedish Trade Council as the Trade Commissioner of Sweden to Turkey and still further she worked in Sweden as the Vice President of the Council in promoting the international trade of Sweden. “Though I quite enjoyed working life and I was satisfied with my job, I always felt like I needed to create something with my hands” says Aysen. “My friends didn’t think much of this passion of mine, since it was open to speculation what I could be doing with my hands, since I couldn’t even find the time to cook!” She further comments. I was one of those friends to convince her to go back to the corporate world. “I want…

W20 – Women 20 of G20 – in CSW62 in 2018

Every year United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) holds a series of meetings about the recent topics, developments and prospects for gender equality in a sustainable world. This year it was the 62nd year of these meetings. And it is recognised as CSW62.   Every year since 2011, which was the first year of my Presidency in KAGIDER, KAGIDER makes a presentation of the best practice project of the year. This year’s project was together with Danone regarding a study initiated by Gamze Çuhadaroglu of Danone. The project is based on the premise that when mothers are working, their kids will be healthier and happier. The children of working mothers will have better chances choices in their lives in terms of their education potential to their career availabilities and selection. Additionally, Danone leads the campaign for businesses to establish a breast-feeding room in their respective work places.…

Conference on Gender and Trade, closing the Gender Gap – A Tool for Economic & Trade Development in Pakistan

According to World Economic Forum’s (WEF) November 2017 paper, Pakistan ranks 143 among 144 countries of the study in gender gap index, whereas neighboring Bangladesh ranks 47- which represents the best rank in the region. Taking the current ranking into consideration, the opportunity for improvement seems to be huge for Pakistan.  World Bank Group’s motto of “leave nobody behind”, imposes attention to be given to Pakistan’s gender gap. Further to this gap, population growth of Pakistan seems to be quite high. The population growth is not as high as the growth expected in Africa, where the world’s highest population growth is expected, but already the latest count of population indicates that 207 million people are living in Pakistan. This figure makes ranking of Pakistan to be the world’s 5 th most populous country. The ranking in the world starts with China, followed by India, the United States and Indonesia. Still, the growth rate of…

A very good development to watch out: 30% Club

Brenda Trenowden, Global Chair of 30 Percent Club was in Turkey on March 30, 2018. In 2015, Brenda took over from Helena Morrissey as Global Chair of the 30% Club. Brenda has experience in the capital markets, banking and in financial institutions as well as the Boards she has been serving. Among many other many important interventions Brenda explained a very similar experience that I have gone through. When you are the only person in the Board, it is difficult. Even when you are two women on the Board, still nothing is solved. The other members can’t even remember who had said what, but they recall that “one of the women members said so and so” kind of attitude. Why can’t men differentiate between the two women who are sitting on the Board, when women don’t – or can’t – confuse 7 men sitting in the Board? I could never understand this. So,…