Delegates & W20 Advisors
The Women20 dialogue process is founded on the engagement of selected Women20 delegates from all G20 countries. Each year, the respective Women20 presidency appoints delegates to participate in the Women20 dialogue to promote women’s economic empowerment in the G20 process. Within the framework of the 2017 German presidency of the G20, the National Council of German Women's Organizations [Deutscher Frauenrat] and the Association of German Women Entrepreneurs [Verband Deutscher Unternehmerinnen] (VdU) were mandated by the German Chancellery with organizing the W20 dialogue process.
The Women20 2017 presidency in Germany has chosen delegates belonging to a range of women Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), women entrepreneur associations and representatives from academia to ensure diverse perspectives in achieving women’s economic empowerment.
The selection of W20 delegates is based on the previous W20 presidencies in Turkey and China. Additionally, established women's networks were consulted for delegate recommendations. The W20 delegates are appointed for the duration of the Women20 Germany presidency.
W20 also benefits from the expertise of W20 advisors from International Organizations (IOs) as well as international networks focussing on womens economic empowerment.
The W20 Dialogue Process
The appointed W20 delegates and W20 advisors have participated actively in an intensive, multi-stage dialogue process both online and offline. Throughout the different phases of this process, they were able to contribute to the W20 consultation process, drafting of the W20 Communiqué and Implementation Plan and lobbying efforts to ensure that the W20 cause is heard in th G20 negotiations.
The W20 dialogue process was initiated with an upfront virtual consultation for drafting the W20 Communiqué from February to April. The first stage was the online discussion on the platform MangoApps as well as video conferencing in February, which was accompanied by a series of interactive surveys within the network. In this discussion process, working groups on the W20 focus issues were created and chairs appointed for these groups. Within these subgroups, ideas were shared, useful documents uploaded and recommendations proposed regarding the specific focus issue.
The results based on the input and recommendations in the digital dicussion were translated into several drafts of the W20 Communiqué in March, which was followed again by a series of video conferences, in which a number of proposals was agreed upon and the delegates and W20 advisors started to work on the phrasing of the agreed recommendations.
The virtual dialogue process was flanked by a series of international dialogue events that were organized prior to the W20 Summit in April.
At the W20 Dialogue Panel of German Women's Associations in Berlin on 17 February 2017, the W20 dialogue was kicked off with the participation of representatives of various womens social, business and political associations. In the debate, the three thematic focuses "labour market inclusion", "financial inclusion" and "digital inclusion" were mapped out.
The UNCSW 61 Side Event in New York City, that took place on 13 March 2017, introduced W20 on an international arena as a young but influential G20 outreach dialogue. More specifically, Germany’s role as the G20 President 2017 was highlighted to tackle the current obstacles for women’s economic empowerment and strategies discussed in advancing women’s economic empowerment in the G20 and beyond.
The W20 Dialogue was further strengthened through the close cooperation with Argentina, that will chair the next W20/G20 Presidency. On 20 March 2017, the German-Argentine dialogue process was introduced through an International Forum in Buenos Aires. At the forum, the preliminary findings of the W20 & EMSD study were presented and discussed.
In the run-up towards the W20 Summit, the WIP (now WPL) G20 Roundtable: “Digitalisation: Policies for a Digital Future” was co-hosted by W20 from 5-6 April 2017 in Düsseldorf. At this Roundtable, a group of selected parlamentarians and high-level women political leaders from G20 countries and guest countries to the German G20 Presidency discussed about the major drivers transforming both digital economy and digital society as well as strategies for women political leaders to prepare for these new actors and steer the process.
At the W20 Summit from 24th – 26th of April 2017 in Berlin, the delegates‘ and W20 advisors efforts cumulated in the voting of the final draft of the W20 Communiqué and Implementation Plan after a final round of discussion and voting and its handover to German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the 26th April 2017.
Until the G20 Summit in Hamburg on 24th June 2017, the delegates and W20 advisors will be involved in lobbying activities to make the agreed W20 Communiqué heard in the G20 process.
You can find more detailed information regarding all W20 chairs, advisors and delegates disaggregated by country here: