Today Is A Huge Day For Gender Equality – Here's Why

G7 leaders have been told to get rid of discriminatory gender laws that still exist on their statute books and begin enshrining equal rights in the legal system.

World leaders at the G7 summit in Biarritz this week have been told to get rid of discriminatory gender laws from statute books in their home countries. 

According to the Guardian, all G7 countries still have discriminatory laws on their statute books or substantial loopholes that allow discrimination.

These laws – outlined by the gender equality advisory council – range from limits on free contraception, rogue abortion laws, lack of childcare, outright gender favouritism and child marriage. 

When addressing the leaders, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the head of UN Women, urged the leaders: “We are not only asking you to be brave, we are asking you to be the great generation of leaders who will take bold steps. We call upon you to pronounce 2030 as the expiry date of gender inequality.”

A list of progressive laws was then handed over in an attempt to encourage inspiration; this included Denmark’s new law on cyber-harassment, Iceland’s equal pay laws as well as France’s new law on street harassment and its law on banning misinformation on abortion online. 

The Group of Seven (G7) is an international intergovernmental economic organisation consisting of the seven largest IMF-described advanced economies in the world: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.

At the G7 summit last weekend, a 'Fashion Pact' was signed by 32 companies representing roughly 150 brands – and around 30 per cent of the industry – promising to take steps to mitigate fashion’s impact on the climate, biodiversity and oceans.

Fronted by the CEO of Kering, François-Henri Pinault, the ‘Fashion Pact G7’ states that fashion is one of the most “impactful” industries and “therefore should also have the power to play a pivotal role in leading the shift towards a more sustainable future.”

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