G7 leaders answer your demands to empower women in developing countries
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G7 leaders answer your demands to empower women in developing countries

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In March we kicked off our campaign calling on Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and the G7 leaders to deliver a bold plan at the G7 Summit that would empower women EVERYWHERE to unlock their potential.

This is because, right now there’s nowhere on earth where women and girls have the same opportunities as men, and we believe that ALL girls and women — no matter where they live — deserve the opportunity to learn, earn, and be independent.

The G7 Summit, which was attended by the world’s seven largest economies, offers a platform to address the hurdles that deny women and girls the chance to get ahead. We asked you to join us and raise your voice so that world leaders would hear our call for action, and you delivered!

And it sure seems like the G7 leaders listened.

Despite all the distraction and disruption, this year’s G7 Summit in Canada delivered real progress in the pursuit of the economic empowerment of girls and women everywhere. Not only did leaders commit US$2.9 billion for girls education over the next few years, but all seven of the G7 countries’ development finance institutions have committed to mobilizing US$3 billion to economically empower women in developing countries.

That. Is. Huge.

If you want to find out more about how your asks to world leaders turned into action, check out some of the campaign highlights below:

In Canada, our ONE members from coast to coast to coast collected signatures and hand-delivered the petitions to their corresponding Members of Parliament, including Michel Picard, Marc Miller, Len Webber, Rob Nicholson, Randall Garrison, Jody Wilson-Raybould, Dean Allison and Minister of The Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna.

In the United Kingdom, ONE members brought the spirit of Rosie the Riveter to life with a memorable photo stunt urging the leaders of Canada and the UK to put girls and women center stage in the fight against poverty. Their message to Prime Ministers Trudeau and May was clear: WE CAN DO IT!

UK members brought the spirit of Rosie The Riveter to life to ask PMs Trudeau and May to take action at the G7

Our members hand-delivered YOUR petition signatures to 10 Downing Street calling on PM Theresa May and other world leaders to invest in women and girls at the G7 and support a commitment to invest in their education.

In Belgium, ONE members met the Ambassador of Canada to the EU and handed him our #PovertyIsSexist petition in Brussels while the launch of our Youth Ambassador programme saw ONE members take to social media to post messages of support in front of the European Commission and Canadian Embassy.

In France, Youth Ambassadors continued the fight to eradicate gender inequality by setting up stalls in various areas, including soccer stadiums and universities, to highlight and explain just why Poverty Is Sexist.

In Italy, Youth Ambassadors met with representatives of the Canadian Embassy in Rome and asked Canada to place women and girls at the top of the G7 agenda and show leadership on the issue of gender equality. The representatives were very impressed by their efforts to raise awareness on these global issues at the embassy and within their local communities.

Not to be outdone, our members in Germany delivered ONE’s International Women’s Day open letter directly to the Canadian Embassy and took their message for G7 leaders directly to the German Chancellery.

Germany Youth Ambassadors take their G7 Petition to the streets of Berlin at the ‘Carneval of Cultures’.

Youth Ambassadors also shared our message on global inequality at the influential Youth 7 summit and also took to the streets of Berlin, setting up at the Carneval of Cultures to speak to members of the public and collect more signatures for their G7 petition.

Thank you to every single one of you who joined us on this campaign and told world leaders that none of us are equal until all of us are equal. Because of your actions, millions more girls and women will have the opportunity to learn, earn, and be independent.

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