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14 May 2019

Making gender equality a major global cause

On Friday 10 May, the G7 member states signed a joint declaration to make gender equality a major global cause. This comes ahead of concrete policy measures that will be decided upon at the G7 summit this summer in Biarritz.


A strong ambition to advance equality

No country in the world has achieved gender equality and none will be able to achieve it alone. This subject requires unity, and that is why the G7 member states met on Thursday 9 and Friday 10 May in Paris and Bondy to work on three priorities:
  • Eliminating sexual and gender-based violence, primarily female genital mutilation, forced marriage and cyberbullying.
  • Supporting women's education, at a time when two-thirds of the 774 million illiterate adults worldwide are women.
  • Supporting the economic empowerment of women, particularly in Africa and the Sahel, by helping them to fund their projects and business ventures.

Update legislation in favour of women's rights

At the end of the two-day ministerial meeting, the G7 member states adopted a joint declaration. This clearly states the strong ambition to make gender equality a major global cause.

This declaration merely sets the stage for meaningful policy measures: at the G7 summit scheduled to take place in Biarritz this August, the G7 states will be invited to commit to implementing at least one of the laws of the "Biarritz Partnership", a raft of laws identified worldwide which best advance women's rights.

This "legislative package of the best laws" has been compiled by the 35 members of the Advisory Council for Gender Equality. Chaired by Nobel Peace Prize winners Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad, this Council brings together experts, international organisations and members of civil society.

Joint declaration

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14 May 2019