Declaration: Putting Women at the Center of Recovery Decisions and Processes – World
Statement by UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on the results of the G7 summit
The meeting of the G7 group of nations, representatives of the European Union, as well as invited countries such as Australia, India and the Republic of Korea, in Carbis Bay, Cornwall from June 11 to 13, 2021, has presented a timely opportunity to agree multilateral action on many issues of international global concern that profoundly affect the lives and futures of women and girls, including the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic, l ” equitable access to vaccines and medicines and the fight against climate change.
Beyond public health, the pandemic has had far-reaching social and economic consequences for women and girls, exacerbating already high levels of violence against women, dramatically increasing the burden of unpaid care for women. women and, through rapid and lasting job losses, exposing the deep vulnerabilities of women’s engagement in the labor market. Overall, this has had a regressive impact on the ability of women and girls around the world to claim and exercise their rights.
Now is the time to ensure that women are placed at the heart of decisions and recovery processes that secure their rights, meet their needs and recognize their contributions. In this regard, UN Women supports the recommendations of the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council and the call for renewed commitments to the 0.7% of gross national income target for official development assistance. The impact of COVID-19 on women and girls is particularly acute in less developed countries, where debt relief and financing initiatives will be particularly important alongside national budgets to support aspects such as ‘education for all, end gender-based violence, including online harassment, strengthened national and international social protection infrastructures, efforts to ensure women’s equal access to capital and labor markets, and a gender-sensitive approach to climate finance, investment and policies.
The COVID-19 crisis has underscored the complexity of our interconnected global ecosystem and the imperative for multilateral action and global cooperation in pursuing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We urge G7 leaders continue to advocate for gender equality and the empowerment of women, including by demonstrating the representation and leadership of women in delegations, and encouraging them to meet their gender equality commitments through funding and concrete actions.
The G7 results precede the Generation Equality Forum in Paris, which will take place from June 30 to July 2, 2021, and of which a consolidated set of five years of ambitious, transformative and well-funded commitments is expected to achieve. gender equality will result. The Forum, organized by UN Women and co-organized by the governments of Mexico and France, in partnership with youth and civil society, will bring together heads of state and bring together a wide range of gender equality actors. genders from around the world. .
It aims to stimulate new actions that accelerate progress in the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action adopted by world leaders in 1995 and to achieve immediate and irreversible progress towards gender equality. The commitments of the G7 group of nations are an influential aspect of this new action, and we urge them to join us in Generation Equality and build on the specific recommendations of the Gender Equality Advisory Council for their actions at the both nationally and globally.