G20 Leaders endorse #eSkills4Girls


G20 Leaders in Hamburg, 7 -8 July 2017
Source: German government/Güngör

At their meeting in Hamburg on 7 and 8 July 2017, G20 leaders endorsed the #eSkills4Girls initiative. Amongst other important global issues, the G20 leaders agreed to work jointly on removing the existing barriers which prevent women and girls from gaining access to information and communication technology in developing countries and to improve their education and employment prospects in the field of ICT.

G20 leaders and G20 member states are committed to promote the digital inclusion of women and girls on the global level. They encouraged partnerships between all interested parties and stakeholders, including the public and private sector, international organisations, academia and civil society to join efforts and to take their call to action.




The G20 Leaders’ Declaration “shaping an interconnected world” affirms that “Digitalisation and access to ICT serve as powerful catalysts for the economic empowerment and inclusion of women and girls. Access to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) related trainings and occupations is therefore key to establish an enabling environment for women’s empowerment. We welcome the launch of the #eSkills4Girls initiative to promote opportunities and equal participation for women and girls in the digital economy, in particular in low income and developing countries (see Annex).”

The G20 #eSkills4Girls Statement “Transforming the future of women and girls in the digital economy“, annexed to the G20 Leader’s Declaration, defines common goals to facilitate education, employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for women and girls in the digital economy in particular in low income and developing countries.

Here are some extracts from the statement:

“We promote inclusive education systems with a focus on digital literacy skills.”


“We support non-formal education initiatives to
promote women’s and girls’ exposure to technology (…).“
“We promote higher education programmes, which equip young people – and especially young women – effectively with the skills needed for the ICT job market.” “We encourage taking steps to address gender-based discrimination and close the gender digital divide, including online gender harassment, gender-based cyber violence, (…).”


Germany assumed the G20 Presidency on 1 December 2016. The G20 is the central forum for international cooperation on global economic growth, international trade and financial market regulation and economic issues. The G20 countries account for more than four-fifths of gross world product and three-quarters of global trade, and are home to almost two-thirds of the world’s population.