On Tuesday in Berlin, Queen Máxima was part of a panel discussion with First Daughter Ivanka Trump, who also serves as an advisor to her father, President Trump, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Others on the panel included Christine Lagarde, Director of the International Monetary Fund; Anne Finucane, Vice President of the Bank of America; and Chrystia Freeland, Canadian Foreign Minister.
The discussion focused on female entrepreneurship and was 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.
The Queen received significant applause when she said that she was only a feminist if the definition was about wanting freedom of choice and equal rights. Chancellor Merkel agreed with her saying that she was one, too, by that definition. Her applause was in contrast to the reaction Ivanka Trump received earlier after praising her father, US President Donald Trump. She told the predominately female audience that her father was “a tremendous champion of supporting families.” Ivanka further added that she knew firsthand of his role in advocating for paid family leave for women, “As a daughter, I can speak on a very personal level knowing that he encouraged me and enabled me to thrive.”
When it comes to the economic empowerment of women, we must recognize the importance of a united approach. Today I joined a diverse panel of women leaders on stage at the #W20Summit. Together, we will work to address the challenges faced by women in the economy, domestically and around the world, and create opportunities to ensure their success! Thank you, Chancellor Merkel, for including me in this critical discussion. #WomensEconomicEmpowerment
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.
In January of this year, the Queen spoke at the G20 conference during the meeting focusing on digitising finance, financial inclusion and financial literacy.