Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, left, talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, before the start of the G-20 summit event on the Digital Economy in Osaka, Japan in 2019. Image Credit: AP

Abu Dhabi: During its presidency of the G20, Saudi Arabia will address the Women Empowerment Initiative. Being one of the group’s top priorities, the issues of women’s employment, financial inclusion, and access to real opportunities will be discussed, Saudi media reported.

The kingdom is working with all members of the G20 to find common ground, building on the achievements made during the previous presidencies. Over the past years, the G20 has put empowerment of women as one of the main topics for discussion aimed at tackling related issues at the global level. The group’s slogan this year will be “to seize the opportunities of the twenty-first century for all”.

The presidency will focus on its current session on three main issues: empowering the human being by creating conditions that enable people - especially women and youth - to lead a decent life, work and prosperity, and preserve the land by promoting collective efforts, enacting sustainable economic policies, as well as shaping new horizons from Through the adoption of bold and long-term strategies to make the most of innovation and technical progress.

The kingdom’s presidency of the G20 will offer, through more than 100 meetings, a number of discussion points at the global level within the framework of the COVID-19 pandemic, including: financial inclusion, health, inclusive tourism, energy, education, water and food management, digitisation, artificial intelligence, and financial technology, cyber security and other issues of common concern.

Under the kingdom’s presidency, the G20 will hold a meeting of the Private Sector Alliance Initiative to empower and support the economic representation of women (EMPOWER) with the aim of supporting employment and the advancement of women in leading the private sector, empowering them and ensuring their ability to make decisions at all levels to achieve sustainable and inclusive growth.

This initiative was created under the guidance of the leaders of the G20 at the 2019 Osaka Summit in Japan, and its first meetings under the presidency of Saudi Arabia began on April 9, 2020 through an online virtual meeting due to the conditions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Two Saudi women are co-chairs of the Private Sector Alliance Initiative to enable and support the economic representation of women (EMPOWER), and they work to support the empowerment of women through their leadership roles: the CEO of Samba Financial Group and the representative of the private sector and the Saudi President of the Private Sector Alliance to enable and support women’s economic representation, Rania Nashar, responsible for the empowerment of women, the representative of the government sector and the co-president of the Saudi Private Sector Alliance to enable and support the economic representation of women Dr Hala Al Tuwaijri.