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Ksenia Yudaeva: The necessity to increase involvement of women in economy is a serious problem globally

On June 15-19 the 4th Annual G(irls)20 Summit was held in Moscow, bringing together young ladies (from 18 to 20 years old) representing the G20 countries, as well as girls from the European Union and the African Union.

The delegates discussed ways of strengthening women's role in global economy, ensuring access to education for building successful careers, as well as traditional G20 topics, namely, employment, investment and development. The key topics of the G(irls)20 Summit 2013 were the role of women in economic, technical and innovative development of a society, and the negative impact of forced early marriages for unleashing women's potential.

On June, 19 a meeting of Girls Summit delegates with Chief of the Presidential Experts Directorate and the Russian G20 Sherpa Ksenia Yudaeva took place at the Canadian Embassy in Moscow. The delegates conveyed the final Communiqué of the summit to the Russian Sherpa.

Ksenia Yudaeva briefed the delegates on the Russian G20 Presidency priorities and the work strands of the Forum. She noted that within the framework of the G20 agenda specific emphasis on involving women into economy is made within two areas - job creation and sustainable development. Within the first area member-countries discuss what can be done in order to activate youth and women at the labour market. As for the latter, women's involvement is what the discussion is focused on in the context of financial inclusion and education.

"The necessity to increase involvement of women in economy is a serious problem globally. It is important that girls from the G20 countries strive to develop and express their own vision of these issues. We will thoroughly consider their recommendations at the Sherpas' level. I am sure that some of them we will be able to take into account in our further work," the Russian Sherpa added.