Gender Equality Advisory Council

The Gender Equality Advisory Council for Canada’s G7 Presidency (“the Council”) is mandated to promote a transformative G7 agenda and support Leaders and ministers in ensuring that gender equality and gender-based analysis are integrated across all themes, activities and outcomes of Canada’s G7 Presidency.

The Council carries out its mandate by advising the G7 Presidency and recommending concrete actions for the G7 to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment across all areas of the G7’s work. The Council’s recommendations are reviewed by the G7 Presidency and G7 consensus will be sought to implement the recommendations and proposed actions.

On June 4, the Council launched its report, Make Gender Inequality History, which includes a set of concrete recommendations for G7 action that call for:

  • Safe, healthy, educated, heard and empowered girls and women, supported with the resources and opportunities they need to be agents of change in their own lives and for a better world;
  • Societies in which girls and women are equally represented in decision-making bodies, and are free from harassment and violence;
  • Economies that are prosperous, innovative, inclusive, and more equitable;
  • A healthy and sustainable planet; and
  • A world that is peaceful, just and secure.

Recommendations from the Council

Executive Summary

Executive Summary - Recommendations from the Council

Complete Recommendations

Complete Recommendations from the Council

Meetings

The Gender Equality Advisory Council for Canada’s G7 Presidency (the “Council”) has met regularly and held its first in-person meeting on April 25-26 in Ottawa to discuss how to promote a transformative G7 agenda and support leaders and ministers in ensuring that gender equality and gender-based analysis are integrated across all themes, activities and outcomes of Canada’s G7 Presidency. At this time, the Council also discussed its preliminary recommendations with Prime Minister Trudeau.

The Council met for its second in-person meeting on June 8 in Quebec to further discuss how to promote a transformative G7 agenda and prepare for the Council’s engagement session with G7 Leaders on June 9 in Charlevoix.

For a sneak peek of the meeting: Gender Equality Advisory Council Meeting in Ottawa.

Members

Members of the Council have been selected on the basis of their work and achievements, commitment to advancing gender equality and capacity to influence public discourse and contribute ideas that reach beyond traditional government-to-government relations.

On screen: Introducing the G7 Charlevoix Gender Equality Advisory Council

On screen: Melinda Gates, Philanthropist & co-founder, Gates Foundation

On screen: Isabelle Hudon, Ambassador of Canada to France

On screen: Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Laureate & Peace Activist

On screen: Rosemary Ganley, Community Organizer

On screen: Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director, Oxfam International

On screen: Michael Kaufman, Co-founder, White Ribbon Campaign

On screen: Farrah Khan, Coordinator, Sexual Violence Education & Support, Ryerson University

Melinda Gates: The barriers to gender equality are deeply ingrained and overcoming them will not be easy but if we succeed, we will all benefit exponentially.

Isabelle Hudon: Promoting and guaranteeing the place of women and girls makes our whole society better.

On screen: Maya Roy, CEO, YWCA Canada

On screen: LGen Christine Whitecross, Commandant of NATO Defense College

On screen: Isabelle Kocher, CEO, ENGIE Group

On screen: Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, IMF

On screen: Diane Elson, Economist & Social Scientist

On screen: Emma Bonino, President, WE-Women Empower the World

On screen: Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Laureate & Activist for Girls’ Education

On screen: Roberta Jamieson, President & CEO, Indspire

On screen: Phumzile Mlambo, Executive Director of UN Women

On screen: Dillon Black, Anti-Violence & LGBTQ Advocate

On screen: Katja Iversen, President & CEO, Women Deliver

On screen: Yoko Hayashi, UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

On screen: Isabell Welpe, Chair for Strategy and Organization, Technische Universität München

On screen: Dayle Haddon, Founder & CEO, WomenOne

What Council members are saying

Note: The language chosen for tweets is at each member’s discretion.