High-Profile Feminists Call for Change Ahead of This Week's G7 Summit
The G7 gender council wants leaders to commit to pay equity and health care funding.
The G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council delivered a report to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday, complete with 60 recommendations that would advance gender equality at this year’s G7 Summit.
The report, "Make Gender Inequality History," contains recommendations under the overall categories of keeping girls and women safe, educated, and seen, encouraging female economic empowerment and including women in the protection of the planet.
This year marks the first time a G7 presidency has appointed a gender advisory council, which includes feminist voices like Melinda Gates and Malala Yousafzai, but they are calling on G7 leaders to officially institute such a council moving forward.
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There are numerous recommendations listed under each section of the report. Among them is the request for G7 leaders to commit to spending 0.7% of their country’s gross national income on official development assistance, while ensuring that 20% of all aid contributions are focused on advancing girls and women's rights, women's empowerment, and gender equality.
The council also called for increased domestic and international public financing for gender-responsive and universal health care, with a focus on maternal, sexual and reproductive health and rights.
The report calls on the leaders to "[r]ecognize that sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) are fundamental and essential for gender equality and for healthy, inclusive societies."
The list also tackles pay equity with a number of recommendations, including a request to incentivize the private sector to attain pay equality for all by 2030, with penalties for not complying, among other suggestions.
"Now is the time to listen and learn. Now is the time to act. Now is the time to transform this formidable momentum into lasting progress and change," the report said.
While Trudeau has championed the need to focus on women and girls in every aspect of Canada’s G7 presidency, the outcomes of the summit remain to be seen.
"Our government will always work with our G7 partners to promote the rights of women and girls," PMO press secretary Matt Pascuzzo told the Canadian Press. "Together, we can explore ways to implement the recommendations of the council and continue to work to achieve gender equality."
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