Under India’s G20 Presidency the second G20 EMPOWER (Empowerment and Progression of Women’s Economic Representation) meeting scheduled till 06 April 2023 withthe Ministry of Women & Child Development, began in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerela today. The theme of the meeting is ‘Women Empowerment: A Win–Win for Equality and Economy’. The meeting saw deliberations on the issue of women’s safety and development along with a panel discussion. The first meeting of G20 EMPOWER was organized in Agra on 11-12 February.
The inaugural session of the 2nd EMPOWER meeting began with discussions on ‘Achieving Economic Prosperity’. On this occasion, Dr. MI Sahadulla, President, FICCI, Kerala State Council, said that ‘last year Kerala promoted around135,000 entrepreneurs including out of which about 20% were women’. Further, the Kerala State Health Minister Veena George who is participating in the side events of the meeting shared, that the Kerala State Government is giving importance to women’s safety, health wages, and insurance. They have also increased the gender budget allocation to 20.9% in the year 2022-23 from 11.5%. She added that ‘our intention is to raise wages, safety, occupational health and insurance for Women and Child Development.’
Union Minister of State for Women and Child Development, Dr. MunjparaMahendrabhai will also be participating in this meeting on 5th April 2023. The second day of the meeting will witness discussions on issues such as economic prosperity through empowering women, women entrepreneurship, leadership development, and women’s participation in non-traditional sectors. The thematic discussions and deliberations in the various sessions during this meeting will reflect in the Communique of G20 EMPOWER and will be provided as recommendations to G20 leaders.
The G20 EMPOWER 2023 under India’s presidency aims to take forward India’s ambitious, decisive, and action-oriented Women-led Development agenda.