Next week in Berlin, Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands will join a panel discussion with First Daughter Ivanka Trump, who also serves as an advisor to her father, President Trump, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The discussion will focus on female entrepreneurship and is part of the Women 20 dialogue of the G20 being held in Germany from 24 through 26 of this month. More specifically, the topics of the economic position of women and the challenges they face in improving their global position. Others on the panel include Christine Lagarde, Director of the International Monetary Fund; Anne Finucane, Vice President of the Bank of America; and Chrystia Freeland, Canadian Foreign Minister; it will take place on 25 April.
The Royal House of the Netherlands explained that research has shown that women are more likely to invest the money from their paycheck for the welfare of their children and families. They further explained, “By giving women better access to financial services such as bank or savings accounts, insurance, loans and pensions, opportunities for economic development and self-development are increased. Queen Máxima will focus on the added value of special financial products and services for women and the importance of customer-oriented work.”
Her Majesty is the honorary chair of the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion; The Queen also serves as the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development. Queen Máxima began her role in 2009, then as Princess Máxima, after her appointment by former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. She works to advise the Secretary-General on inclusive finance for development and travels across the globe each year for her position. The Royal House of the Netherlands has said, “The UNSGSA believes that access to financial services is vital for creating and accelerating sustainable economic growth, creating employment and encouraging people’s personal and social development.”
In January of this year, the Queen spoke at the G20 conference during the meeting focusing on digitising finance, financial inclusion and financial literacy.