World leaders promised to achieve gender equality by 2030 but at the current rate, it will take 108 years. We can’t wait another century for women and girls to be free and equal.
In August, leaders from the seven largest and most advanced economies, from Africa and the rest of the world, will meet at the G7 Summit in Biarritz. They have an opportunity to take real, concrete action for girls and women everywhere. We need to make sure they make genuine progress, not grand promises.
Forty-five inspiring activists from across the African continent are demanding world leaders make progress, not promises in the fight for gender equality. Sign their open letter now. Because none of us are equal until all of us are equal.
If we hope to deliver the most ambitious goals humankind has ever set — the Sustainable Development Goals — we need G7 leaders to make policy changes and put more money behind this fight. The G7 Summit can deliver Progress not Promises on gender equality if leaders in Biarritz commit to:
CHANGE THE LAW
By committing to introducing two, new progressive laws by 2022, and to get rid of sexist laws.
FINANCE THE FIGHT
Get women banking online
By fully funding the Gates’ Foundation’s proposal that would give 240 million women in Africa access to digital financial services
Support women entrepreneurs in Africa
Through programmes like the African Development Bank’s AFAWA initiative (Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa)
Invest in local women’s rights organisations
By committing a combined total of $945 million which would go directly to those working on the frontlines of the fight for gender equality
Increase funding for education
By doubling aid to the Sahel by 2022 (and across Africa by 2025), and with African governments spending 20% of their budgets on education
TRACK COMMITMENTS TO COMPLETION
By endorsing the creation of a Global Alliance for Gender Equality that holds governments and partners to account for their commitments, starting with those made at the G7 Summit.