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Gender Economic Equity and the SDG 2030 Agenda: Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

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We are within the final decade of the SDG 2030 Agenda and far short of attaining the targets. Since Goal 5 – Women’s economic empowerment cuts across all of the SDGs, “We will not achieve the Sustainable Development Goals if there is no accelerated action to empower women economically” (United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, March 2017). 

The challenge therefore is to identify and implement policy solutions to address gender inequities, since “eliminating gender inequities can lead to faster economic growth” (IMF, 2017) and improve social, health, and political outcomes for T20 countries and globally. Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic is sharply increasing income gaps and structural inequities across the globe with devastating economic and social implications for women and girls. The goal of this session is to highlight the inter-sectionalities and importance of gender economic equity across the SDGs, particularly as we work on policy responses to address the economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In this context, the discussion will identify key issues, propose solutions, and draw from lessons of experience where relevant.

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Thoraya Obaid

W20 Chair


Toyin Abiodun

Tony Blair Institute for Global Change

Merike Blofield

Institute of Latin American Studies at the German Institute for Global and Area Studies

Mayra Buvinic


Barbara Orser

University of Ottawa

Margo Thomas

Women’s Economic Imperative; Global Solutions Fellow

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Amanda Shaw

University of Hawai’i at Manoa

Policy Recommendations, Policy Briefs and Articles

Policy Briefs on G20 Support for SDGs and Development Cooperation​

Policy Briefs contain recommendations and visions and cover policy ares that are of interest to G20 policymakers. The majority of the Policy Briefs has been developed by a corresponding T20 Task Force.

T20 Recommendations Report: 2030 Agenda for  Sustainable Development

Compiled by Katharina Lima de Miranda (IfW Kiel), Juliane Stein-Zalai (IfW Kiel) and Simon Wolf (Global Solutions Initiative)

Advancing Enterprise Education for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) among MENA Countries 

By Dinah Bennett, Margo Thomas, Barbara Orser, Haya Al-Dajani and Khulood A. Rambo (Women’s Economic Imperative)

Improve Handwashing Access to Combat COVID-19

By KE Seetha Ram and Roshan Shrestha (ADBI)

The New Inequalities and People-To-People Social Protection

By Nora Lustig (IPSP) and Nancy Birdsall (Center for Global Development)

Disease, Like Poverty, Does Not Stay at Home

By Yonas Adepto, Karim El Aynaoui, Thomas Gomart, Paolo Magri, Greg Mill, Karin von Hippel, and Guntram Wolff (ISPI)

Harnessing Digitalization in Financing of the Sustainable Development GoalsPolitics of Pandemic

By the United Nations Secretary-General’s Task Force on Digital Financing of the Sustainable Development Goals

With or without you – Global Solutions Journal

Implementing the SDGs – Global Solutions Journal

A Letter to G20 Governments

By Erik Berglöf, Gordon Brown & Jeremy Farrar (Project Syndicate)

COVID-19 and Latin America 

By Merike Blofield (Institute of Latin American Studies at GIGA)

Driving Africa’s industrialisation on the back of COVID-19

By Toyin Abiodun (Ministry of Trade, Rwanda; Tony Blair Institute for Global Change)

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