Media Statement

23 May 2016

Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to participate in the Women 20 (W20) meeting

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane is in Xi’an, the People’s Republic of China, where she will participate in the W20, an outreach engagement of the G20, taking place on 24-26 May 2016.

W20 was launched in 2015 in Turkey as a stand-alone outreach group to support G20’s efforts 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 will take place under the theme: “Equal participation and innovative development”, divided in the following 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

  • Interconnected and innovative women’s network

The meeting’s outcome communique will be adopted and tabled at the G20 Leaders meeting scheduled to take place on 4-5 September in Hangzhou, China.

South Africa views this meeting as important in the context of its membership within the BRICS Bloc as a number of common interest issues such as population and development are discussed.

Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane is joined by the Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini as well as senior officials from the Department of Women.

Enquiries:  Mr Clayson Monyela, Spokesperson for DIRCO, 082 884 5974.


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