G7 Leaders’ Strong Commitment Vital To Achieving Gender Equality
Thomson Reuters Foundation: We have told G7 Leaders to Make Gender Inequality and Patriarchy History
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, U.N. under-secretary general and executive director of U.N. Women, and Michael Kaufman, co-founder of White Ribbon Campaign and senior fellow at Promundo institute
“…We have told leaders that they must use this unique footprint for the benefit of women and girls. … As a foundation, it is critical to eliminate discriminatory legislation which persists in G7 countries and around the world. … We welcome the announcement by Canada, the European Union, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the World Bank of an investment of nearly U.S.$3 billion for girls’ education, including the single largest investment in education for women and girls in crisis and conflict situations. This is a significant step forward to build a foundation for greater progress. … But greater leadership is required. A strong commitment by G7 leaders to take this agenda forward beyond the [G7] Summit can push forward the most dramatic and far-reaching revolution in human history. The one that will make gender inequality history” (6/11).