Women's Empowerment and Gender Equality

March 27, 2023
Launch of the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council 2023

 On 24 March, the Gender Equality Advisory Council (GEAC) was launched at the request of G7 Presidency and its first online meeting was held on the same day.

 The GEAC was established in 2018 by Canada, the G7 Presidency of that year, as an external advisory body to provide recommendations on gender equality to G7 leaders. Since then, the G7 Presidency has convened the GEAC almost every year and the GEAC has submitted meaningful recommendations for realizing gender equality and promoting women’s empowerment to the G7 leaders.

 This year, at the request of the Presidency, 14 experts from the G7 countries, international organisations or other countries who are active in the gender field were convened, and the first online meeting was held on 24 March under the chairmanship of Dr. Shirahase Sawako, Senior Vice-Rector of the United Nations University. Each member's awareness of the issues and opinions towards the recommendations were exchanged during the meeting, and discussions will continue for the preparation of the recommendations for the Hiroshima Summit.

GEAC 2023 members:

Shirahase Sawako Senior Vice-Rector, Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations University (Chair)
Jutta Allmendinger President, WZB Berlin Social Science Center
Caroline Farberger Partner and Board Chair, Wellstreet Venture Capital
Stefania Giannini Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO
Maxime Houinato Regional Director, UN Women East and Southern Africa Regional Office
Kuroda Reiko Designated Professor at Chubu University; Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo
Denis Mukwege Gynaecologist, Human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate 2018
Hedwige Nuyens the Chair of European Women on Boards
Delphine O French Ambassador-at-Large and Secretary General, Generation Equality Forum
Jacqueline O’Neill Ambassador for Women, Peace, and Security Government of Canada
Fabio Roia acting President of the Court of first instance and Judge, President of the autonomous division for prevention measures of the Court of Milan
Sarah Sands Deputy Chair, British Council
Widya Handarani (Anda Sapardan) Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Sehati
Melanne Verveer Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace & Security; Former US Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues

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