June 1, 2017 (Waterloo, ON): Each year, the G20 countries outline provisions that they would like to see put in place in an effort to increase the inclusivity and sustainability of economic growth worldwide. According to W20, however, these provisions will not be successful without the G20’s commitment to fostering women’s economic empowerment.
Lovell Corporation is thrilled to announce that Kelly Lovell, our CEO and award-winning Youth Mobilizer and Consultant, will be representing the voice of young women at the W20 Women Fast Forward Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. The conference, “Women Fast Forward – Asia-Pacific Consultation on Women’s Economic Empowerment for W20 Input into G20”, convenes with the doctrine that women realizing their full potential will not only stimulate sustainable growth, but also be an imperative for diverse, stable, and viable societies.
“Women’s economic empowerment requires the active participation of all parties including government, private sector, and most importantly current women leaders from a variety of backgrounds. The best form of empowerment for girls is to see role models and women influences in their lives taking action.” – Kelly Lovell
During the conference Lovell will work alongside leaders, academics and corporates to make policy recommendations around five key aspects of women’s economic empowerment – legislative barriers, women in leadership, financial inclusion, digital inclusion and women in supply chains – with a goal to elevate these issues to a global level through the W20 input into the G20 leaders meeting.
There are five main objectives that W20 is pushing forward at this conference:
- The W20 calls on the G20 member states to systematically integrate gender analysis and gender budgeting into all its agenda, growth strategy and policy frameworks.
- The W20 urges the G20 to advance member state policies towards the ‘25 by 25’ target set by G20 for reducing the gender labour participation gap, resulting in a 25 per cent improvement by 2025, by putting forward national plans of actions and monitoring its progress with support from the OECD and the ILO.
- The W20 recommends that the G20 supports women entrepreneurs and female cooperatives to start up and scale their operations, build capacity, ensure their equal access to finance and markets, and accord them their fair share in global value chains.
- The W20 calls on the G20 to swiftly bridge the widening digital gender divide and take inspiration from the ‘Women’s Initiative in Developing STEM Career (WINDS)’ by setting up a comprehensive 5-year plan for gender-equal digital transformation, thereby partnering with ‘EQUALS’, an initiative implemented by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the GSM Association (GSMA) and UN Women.
- The W20 calls on the G20’s Presidencies to ensure access to the G20 negotiation tracks and G20 Sherpa meetings.
Combined, the G20 nations make up 85% the global economy, 80% of world trade, and two-thirds of the global population. Because of these statistics, the G20 nations will largely determine the success or failure of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. At the conference, Lovell will thus lobby the G20 governments to commit to the W20 communique and turn the proposed recommendations into concrete action.
As a panel speaker, Lovell will also share her expertise on Digital Inclusion alongside panel guests Gwen Murphy (Global Director, IT Services, EY, USA), Tomoyo Nonaka (Chairperson, Gaia Initiative and former CEO of Sanyo Electric, Japan) and Mark Kaplan (Global VP Sustainable Solutions, Unilever, USA).
Lovell shares: “In order to empower future women leaders to prosper, our strategies must ensure they are future ready. Digitalization is not just shaping the future of business, it is redefining how we communicate, innovate and access vital resources to learn and grow.”
Other attendees will include: Nayda Almodóvar-Reteguis (Private Sector Development Specialist, World Bank, USA), H.E. President Hilda Heine (President of the Marshall Islands), Rt Hon Dame Jenny Shipley (36th Prime Minister of New Zealand), Hoang Thi Thu Huyen (2017 Chair of Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy, APEC, Viet Nam), and Laura Liswood (Secretary-General, Council of Women World Leaders, USA).
The main goal of Women20 (W20) is to promote women’s economic empowerment as an integral part of the G20 process. In a broad dialogue using digital tools, expert meetings and roundtables as well as the W20 Summit, W20 joins the global experiences of women’s civil society organizations and women’s entrepreneur associations to implement strong recommendations within the G20 negotiations.
Diversity and full participation are essential for fostering the resilient, sustainable and viable growth of stable economies and societies, whereas homogeneous systems bear risks and uncertainties. Women’s economic empowerment is thus fundamental for a prosperous world and essential for economic growth, stable economies and social development.
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About Kelly Lovell
Kelly Lovell, an acclaimed Youth Mobilizer and Social Entrepreneur, is bridging the gap between business and community to create opportunities for the next generation to thrive. She is a 15-time award-winning thought leader, 3-time TEDx Speaker, and CEO of Lovell Corporation and My Effect Inc. With work featured in Forbes, INC., Globe & Mail, FOX News, and Entrepreneur, Kelly Lovell is sought out for her expertise in understanding and engaging with the needs of Millennials and Generation Z. Most recently at 23 years old, Lovell became a a 2016 Queen’s Young Leader and personally met Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace to receive an international award .
In less than four years, Lovell has grown her company portfolio to five distinct brands that harness media and technology to provide mentorship, skill-building, and entrepreneurship support for youth. Notable projects include: a short documentary film that profiles the stories of exceptional young leaders to combat ageist stereotypes that exist in media; a global education project that introduces students to key problems affecting today’s world through the lens of their peers across 59 different countries; and, a personal development platform that helps youth track the transferable skills they gain from community service and extracurricular leadership.
Her first book, The Power of YOUth, shares over 200 stories of youth aged 6 years-old to 30 years-old who are changing the world.