Emma Watson to Promote Gender Equality Legislation at G7 Summit
Emma Watson has long been a champion of women’s rights on a global level, and today she continues her advocacy at the G7 (Group of Seven) summit in Paris. As a member of the Gender Equality Advisory Council, Watson will help present the council’s findings regarding the current and future state of gender equality around the world.
Reuters reports that the countries that make up the G7 – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States – hold 40% of the world’s wealth and 10% of its population. They also, like most countries, continue to have laws that violate women’s rights.
According to Watson via the Guardian, the Gender Equality Advisory Council plans to present a way forward for the G7. This includes recommended legislation.
[The council will present] a package of recommended laws focused on ending gender-based violence; ensuring inclusive, equitable, and quality health and education; promoting the economic empowerment of women; and combating discrimination, ensuring full gender equality in policies and public life.
The council is looking to secure support from the G7 not only through legislation but also through financial backing. Additionally, these countries will be encouraged to promote gender equality both abroad and at home.
This effort marks another notch in Emma’s history of working toward worldwide gender equality. As the founder of the HeForShe initiative and a Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women, she is devoted to improving women’s rights. Hermione Granger, a civil rights advocate herself, would be proud.
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