Emma Watson Urges G7 Countries to Be Proactive About Gender Equality

Emma Watson, member of G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council, urges countries to be proactive.
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The actor and UN Goodwill Ambassador, Emma Watson, Nobel Peace Prize winners Denis Mukwege Mukengere and Nadia Murad, along with 32 members of G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council, will be presenting their work; the proposed steps towards gender equality, on Sunday, 25th August.

The seven most advanced economies; France, Canada, Germany, Japan, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States, form the Group Of Seven (G7). The presidency of G7 was taken over by France in January, and the country’s President, Emmanuel Macron wants gender equality to be it’s a priority this year.

In order to discuss the global gender equality agenda, in February 2019, in Paris few of the most influential gender rights advocates, including Emma Watson, met the French President Emmanuel Macron. The purpose of the meeting was to get an understating as to what action countries can take in order to reduce gender discrimination and violence.

On Sunday, 25th August, the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council will present the outcome of their work which will include recommendation of laws to end gender-based violence, laws to guarantee full gender equality in policies and public life, quality education and health and promotion of the economic empowerment of women. Their presentation aims to throw light on the kind of action countries can take to ensure various dimensions of gender equality.

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I’m hopeful we’ll hear some concrete, bold commitments from @G7 states, especially @10DowningStreet 🇬🇧 at #G7Biarritz. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🌎 One of the basic things we're asking states to do is ratify all relevant gender equality standards: http://bit.ly/GEACfrance 🌍 There are some incredible global treaties and conventions that set minimum standards for women's and girls’ rights 🥀 but some G7 states haven’t yet stepped up and made them a reality. #BeBraveG7 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 💔🇬🇧 On a personal note, the fact that the UK has still not ratified the Istanbul Convention, despite signing it in 2012, is really disappointing to me. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⚖️ For those who haven’t heard of it before, the Istanbul Convention is an agreement that makes governments responsible for combating violence against women and domestic violence. It’s focussed on preventing violence, protecting survivors and prosecuting accused offenders. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🌹I’ll be proud to say my country is committed to preventing violence against women when the UK government ratifies the Istanbul Convention and fully complies with its requirements. Every week, two women in England and Wales are killed by their current or former partner. Violence against women and girls is one of the most serious human rights issues in the UK. To date, 34 states in the Council of Europe have ratified the Istanbul Convention. 📝❤️ Let’s not drag our feet on this any longer, @10DowningStreet! Let’s be number 35!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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Emma Watson recently posted a picture under which she wrote about the 45th G7 Summit being held in Biarritz, France from 21st to 26th August. Watson mentioned being saddened by the fact that the UK had not yet ratified the Istanbul Convention. The Istanbul Convention makes governments responsible to take stand in opposition to violence against women.

Today, even with immense development in several sectors, gender inequality still continues to be a global issue. Consistently, women continue to have fewer opportunities in comparison to men, in terms of education, political representation, and economic participation. It is about time world leaders and individuals in positions of power unanimously take appropriate steps towards gender equality.

The G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council consists of activists and advocates from 23 countries from varied fields. The members are actors, doctors, lawyers, UN leaders, and ambassadors. Hence with varied backgrounds, each member perceives the world and its social issues differently. However, their togetherness is backed by the stand they are taking for gender equality.

The members of the Council will be presenting their valuable insight on how to change the current scenario and achieve gender equality.

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