South Africn International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane is in Xi'an, China, where she is participating in a meeting of Women 20 (W20), which was launched in 2015, in Turkey, as a stand-alone outreach group to support the efforts of Group of 20 (G20) to achieve inclusive growth and raise the profile of gender issues with the core objective of promoting global gender-inclusive economic growth.
This year's meeting, which is being held from Tuesday to Thursday under the theme "Equal participation and innovative development", is divided into four sub-themes -- a gender perspective in global economic governance; women's employment and entrepreneurial and social protection; women's role in the digital economy; and inter-connected and innovative women's network.
The meeting's outcome communique will be adopted and tabled at the next meeting of leaders of the G20, the group of leading developed and emerging nations, scheduled for Sept 4 and 5 in Hangzhou, China.
South Africa views this meeting as important in the context of its membership within the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) Bboc as a number of common interest issues such as population and development are discussed.
Nkoana-Mashabane is being accompanied by Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini as well as senior officials from the Department of Women.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK