We recognize that gender equality is fundamental for the fulfillment of human rights, imperative for economic growth and sustainable development as it is interconnected with global challenges such as climate change and the digital revolution.Highlighting the importance of education and the inclusion of women in policy design, the Y7 acknowledges the need for all G7 countries to incorporate feminist principles of intersectionality, transformative change, and equality in all foreign and domestic decision-making.
I. As G7 Leaders, you should enforce gender equality at all levels of society; therefore, the Y7 recommends to:
1. Secure equal access for girls and boys to education and career opportunities
Reform the school curricula by (1) identifying and eliminating gender biases, including those regarding masculinity and femininity in syllabi; (2) providing training to educators on how to address implicit and explicit gender biases.
Engage more boys and men through influential role models in the wider conversation about gender roles and inequalities through a global campaign led by the G7 that aims to provide lifelong education, combat stereotypes and decrease discrimination.
Bolster the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) worldwide through increased investments and advocacy.
Support women’s economic empowerment in the global south, by (1) promoting entrepreneurship and business programs for women in rural areas to boost independence and self-reliance by having access to bank accounts and higher loans; (2) recognizing the large number of women working in the informal sector and those subject to unfair labor practices.
Highlight the importance of gender equality by endorsing the One Million by 2021 Project for the youth of the African Union.
Reinforce the “International Women's Day” by: (1) engaging all educational networks in skills development for girls and women; (2) organizing executive management conferences for them; (3) enabling girls to spend a day with chief executives in job sectors where women are least represented.
2. Set a global example of inclusivity and workplace equity within existing organizations and structures
Commit to eliminating career barriers based on gender identity, race, ethnicity, cultural background, national origin, religion, class, sexual orientation, ability, age, indigeneity and/or any other factor that may cause marginalization.
Expand mandatory paid parental leave and encourage men to take an equal share of child care work by: (1) giving tax incentives; (2) guaranteeing job security.
Support State programs that recognize women’s unpaid labour, expand and subsidize private and public childcare services, and improve accessibility to these services.
Ensure the collection of child support to the women who are entitled to it through the creation of a guarantee fund in all G7 countries.
Develop an online networking database gathering women experts of various sectors as a tool for media and business contexts.
Create or support third party initiatives to (1) collect data on gender biases in media; (2) apply that data to establish best practices for non-discrimination and fair media representation of women.
Establish laws ensuring fair gender representation in companies’ executive boards in all G7 countries [following the models of the French (Copé-Zimmermann) and Italian (Golfo-Mosca) laws].
Set the quantitative annual Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) by a government commission for private companies which include the gender pay gap, the ratio of women, men and non-binary employees and their percentage in managerial positions, the percentage of employees taking parental leave, and the average amount of leave taken per person.
Disclose and publish publicly an annual report based on the different means to measure gender equality policies (public policies and quantitative KPIs) and rank to show which companies ensure the best equal career evolution.
Mandate private companies to disclose the aforementioned gender diversity information in their corporate governance reports to foster the gender lens investments from institutional and financial investors.
Promote gender inclusion in energy and climate policies by: (1) collecting data in relation to the level of production, distribution and use of energy as well as the disproportionate impact of climate change on women; (2) recognizing their important role as key stakeholders in achieving low carbon societies in line with the SDGs 5, 7 and 13.
Implement in each G7 State the necessary means to measure the impact of gender equality policies, budgets and programs in order to: (1) feed into the work of the G7 Gender Advisory Council; (2) evaluate the commitments made from the G7 legislative package. Progress should be reported annually at each G7 Summit.
II. As G7 Leaders, you should end gender-based violence and commit to equal rights-based policies; therefore, the Y7 recommends to:
1. Commit to the establishment of governmental measures that ensure basic human rights
Address health inequalities in women’s and girls’ access to reproductive health services and their sexual rights, especially in the most vulnerable populations and contexts. This should be done by embracing a feminist approach that ensures equitable access to reproductive health services and free women's sanitary products.
Reinforce the G7 commitment to women’s bodily autonomy by eliminating all formal and informal barriers to the access of abortion.
Increase governmental and private investments to women’s rights, feminist, and civil society organizations working to support programs that focus on gender equality and meet the standards set by the OECD-DAC gender marker.
2. End sexual and gender-based violence in all contexts
Recognize violence against women as a continuum that includes economic injustice, climate impacts, social disparities, the lack of fair health care, as well as physical, mental and emotional violence.
Commit to end online gender-based harassment and violence by: (1) creating or expanding legal frameworks that address digital media harassment as a crime; (2) collaborating with digital platforms in order to enable them to report any form of harassment; (3) requiring digital platforms to have a mechanism that sensitizes users against digital media harassment risks and legal resources when registering online.
Strengthen protection against sexual harassment in the workplace by: (1) implementing mandatory gender sensitivity trainings; (2) improving the reporting structures; (3) appointing gender advisors and/or contact persons responsible for safeguarding providing information and guidance.
3. Adopt a feminist approach in any diplomatic commitment
Adopt feminist foreign policy agendas that recognize how supporting gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls is the best way to build a more peaceful, more inclusive, and more prosperous world.
Promote the ratification of the Istanbul Convention through the G7 political leadership to push the reduction of intimate partner violence.
Encourage women’s equal and meaningful participation in public events, diplomacy, mediation, multilateral negotiation, disarmament, peacekeeping, peacebuilding and international security in accordance with UNSC Resolution 1325 and subsequent reporting resolutions.
Continue progress towards the Women Peace and Security agenda by revising National Action Plans on resolution 1325 and ensuring that they are accompanied by budgets by 2020. Progress should be reported annually at each G7 summit.
Address the lack of a coordinated response by the international community in recognizing sexual violence as a war crime, providing physical and mental health services to survivors, and acknowlegding the importance of prosecuting perpetrators.
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