Introducing the Gender Equality Working Group

Chairs: Şengül Akçar, Executive Director of the Foundation for the Support of Women’s Work, Turkey, and Sandy Schilen, Global Facilitator of GROOTS International.



  • Istanbul Kadın ve Kadın Kuruluşları Derneği
  • Dış Politikada Kadınlar İnsiyatifi
  • Union of Women Cooperatives, Turkey
  • GCAP China
  • AWID
  • Women's Learning Partnership
  • Groots International
  • Huairou Commission
  • Gender, Macroeconomics and International Economics International Working Group (GEM-IWG)
  • Oxfam  

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Gender equality emerged as a key priority for international civil society in 2015 following a global survey conducted by C20 Turkey earlier this year. Women’s access to social protection, women’s employment and women’s access to financial services all polled in the top 10 issues in the C20’s survey, which led to the formation of the first ever C20 Gender Equality Working Group.

The C20 Gender Equality Working Group is responsible for consulting widely with civil society organisations from around the world and developing specific recommendations for the G20 on women's labour force participation and access to social protection. 

C20 Gender Equality Policy Paper

After months of extensive consultation, the C20 Gender Equality Working Group published a policy paper setting out the C20’s detailed policy positions and recommendations to the G20 in 2015. To see the full policy paper, please follow the link below:

Background documents