G7 Commitments to Gender Equality: Will Leaders Back Words with Action?

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World leaders on the G7 Summit in Elmau, Germany, June 2022. (Wikimedia Commons)

Final month, G7 leaders met in Elmau, Germany to debate options to international challenges and reaffirm their dedication to common human rights and multilateralism. The summit centered on local weather change and the surroundings, power options, pandemic preparedness and response, meals safety, overseas and safety coverage, and a simply transition, as outlined within the final result doc, or communique.

However whereas the communique additionally included vital language and a few coverage adherence on gender equality, there have been few tangible and monetary commitments — making requires benchmarks and requirements of accountability ever extra vital in subsequent years.

The communique does define the gendered impression of the a number of intersecting environmental, financial, social and well being crises the world faces right this moment, and the rising tide of authoritarianism that drives the backlash in opposition to the rights of girls and LGBTQ+ individuals and emboldens discrimination on the premise of gender identification and expression. It additionally contains welcome commitments to reinforce gender equality and variety within the power sector; undertake inclusive and supportive financial and monetary coverage frameworks; obtain complete sexual and reproductive well being and rights (SRHR) for all; and place gender equality on the core of multilateral contributions to international well being, together with by way of contributions to funds just like the World Financing Facility for Girls, Women and Adolescents (GFF) and the World Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). It commits to selling ladies and ladies, LGBTQ+ individuals, and different marginalized teams as vital brokers in battle prevention and backbone, reduction and restoration, and long-term peacebuilding. 

Notably, G7 leaders commited to strengthening the rights, sources and alternatives for ladies and ladies in all their range “within the spirit of feminist improvement, overseas and commerce insurance policies.” We applaud this acknowledgement of feminist foreign policy as a guiding framework for prioritizing peace, gender equality, and environmental integrity, to which three G7 members — Canada, France and Germany — have dedicated thus far, and hope to see this language maintained and expanded in future communiques.

Monetary commitments embrace a collective enhance of the share of the G7’s bilateral allocable assist advancing gender equality and the empowerment of girls and ladies over the approaching years. Whereas charting a optimistic pathway ahead, this dedication is much less formidable than advocates’ calls for nations to dedicate 100% of their assist to handle gender and no less than 20 p.c to help packages with gender equality as a principal goal. Canada is the one G7 member to have met the 20 p.c benchmark.

Equally, the pledge of $79 million for the Childcare Incentive Fund is welcome, however significantly extra restricted than the numerous investments in social infrastructure and gender-transformative public care providers which the Women 7 (W7) have advisable, reminiscent of investing a further 2 p.c of every nation’s GDP in social infrastructure.

We additionally welcome the endorsement of the G7 Dashboard on Gender Gaps, which can cowl indicators throughout a variety of coverage areas and be up to date yearly as a monitoring mechanism. Nevertheless, according to the advice of the Gender Equality Advisory Council (GEAC) and the W7, monitoring progress towards gender equality must be complemented with reporting particularly in opposition to G7 commitments, to advertise full accountability. 

Accountability will probably be ever extra vital as we proceed pushing for extra formidable monetary contributions and tangible, daring insurance policies, which we have been hoping to see on this communique. Definitely the nod to feminist foreign policy is an enormous step ahead and, to match the urgency of the second, we encourage the remaining group members — who’ve a novel alternative to actually set the tone for nations worldwide — to decide to the adoption and efficient implementation of their very own feminist overseas coverage.

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