Gender equality as an international top priority
The Gender Equality Advisory Council (GEAC) of the G7, a group of seven of the world’s most advanced economies, published its report for the German G7 presidency. The international expert body, chaired by Jutta Allmendinger, President of the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB), analyzes global gender equality and calls on heads of state and government to take swift action to end the discrimination of women and groups marginalized on the basis of their gender.
On December 1, 2022, members of the Advisory Council discussed their recommendations with the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and presented them to the public at a joint press conference. Now, the body appointed by the German government for the period of the German G7 presidency has concluded its work with a 112-page report that formulates, based on comprehensive data and analyses, concrete recommendations for policy reforms in seven areas of action: Funding, Ownership, Entrepreneurship and Investment, Gender-based Violence, Care Economy, Feminist Diplomacy, Gender and Crisis as well as Intersectional Policy. The report also introduces the new G7 Dashboard on Gender Gaps. The dashboard monitors the implementation of gender equality in individual countries and will be updated annually by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
Commenting on the release of the report, GEAC Chair Jutta Allmendinger said:
„We will only make progress if we do not approach gender equality as a purely national issue. All key global issues, trends and crises have gender issues at their core – think, for example, of the retraditionalization during the coronavirus pandemic. It is therefore important that the fourth GEAC has been convened under the German G7 presidency and will be continued next year by Japan. Our report provides evidence-based guidelines on what needs to be done to address the many disadvantages faced by women and marginalized gender groups around the world. In doing so, everyone wins. My 20 fellow GEAC 2022 members and I are counting on heads of state and government to now take the necessary steps quickly. We have presented enough material for that.“
The Gender Equality Advisory Council (GEAC) is a high-level expert body advising G7 countries on gender equality issues. The Advisory Council was first convened by the Canadian G7 Presidency in 2018, with France (2019) and the United Kingdom (2021) also establishing advisory councils under their G7 Presidencies. A secretariat has been established at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) for the 2022 GEAC of the German G7 presidency. On January 1, 2023, Japan will take over the G7 presidency from Germany and will continue the body.
Dr. Harald Wilkoszewski
Head of Communications
GEAC Secretariat at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB)
Prof. Dr. h.c. Jutta Allmendinger, Ph.D.
Chair of the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council (GEAC)
President of the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB)