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These sexist laws have no place in the world

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Part One of a two-part series on looking at gender equality before this year’s G7 summit.

As we congratulate the USA on victory at this year’s World Cup – and celebrate the huge strides being made towards gender equality worldwide – it was the bellowing call for equal pay heard during Saturday’s final that has reverberated around the world.

Because the truth is that the combined salaries of ALL the 1,693 women playing football in the top seven leagues worldwide adds up to just $41.6m per year – a sum total less than the $41.7m paid to Brazillian superstar, Neymar, by his club Paris St. Germain.

And that’s for those who are allowed to play at all; millions of women face legal and cultural barriers that stop them from stepping on to a pitch, or even celebrating in a stadium.

But it’s not just sports where women’s opportunities are restricted.

At current rates, it will take 108 years for gender equality to be achieved around the world, and removing discriminatory laws and practices will be a critical step in speeding up this process.

That’s why we’re calling on world leaders to take practical steps to improve the lives of millions of women and girls worldwide at this year’s G7 Summit. Because 2019 must be about real progress, not empty promises.

To do this, we call on G7 nations and their African counterparts to commit to a range of new laws that ensure gender equality for all. In case those leaders need reminding, here’s just a few of the reasons why laws must change. Immediately.

Women can be…

married as a childChild marriage is legal in over 100 countries. In Sudan, the law allows for girls as young as 10 to be married off as long as they have the permission of a judge, while in the US there is no federal law regarding child marriage.
beaten – In multiple countries, there are no legal protections against domestic violence. Under Nigeria’s penal code, violence “by a husband for the purpose of correcting his wife” is perfectly legal.
kidnapped – In Malta, a man can be exempt from punishment for kidnapping a woman if he marries his victim.

Women can’t…

work certain jobs – In Russia, women are barred from working 456 different jobs that the government has deemed a threat to women’s health.
get a divorce – In Israel, marriages and divorces sit under rabbinical law, which states that divorces can only take place if requested by the husband.

This year’s G7 marks a moment where the world must wake up to this discrimination, and reverse these antiquated laws, once and for all.

Share your ideas for a law for gender equality now!

In Part Two of this series, we look at the laws have made the world a better place for women.

Take action for women everywhere

Dear World Leaders,

We are the women at the frontlines of the fight against gender inequality and global poverty.

Every day we see the determination and dignity of girls and women facing down the toughest challenges. We see real advances and the power of people to achieve change. We won’t surrender this fight, but we need you to play your part.

You promised to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030, but at the current rate of progress, this will take 108 years. This is unacceptable. We need genuine progress, not grand promises.

We want implementation and accountability at every level - from this year’s G7 Summit to the Global Fund Replenishment; from our African Union leaders to our community leaders. We will be looking for your actions not your words; for funding to follow promises; and policy to turn into practice. It’s both the right and the smart thing to do for everyone.

To accelerate progress men must demand change with us so that we rise united not divided. And women must have a seat at the decision-making table – because you can’t change what you don’t see.

We’re not looking for your sympathy, we’re demanding your action. Because none of us are equal until all of us are equal.

Yours,

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