G7 trade disputes must not overshadow potential gains for women and girls

Jun 06, 2018

(OTTAWA) Trade disputes must not overshadow G7 commitments to support women and girls on the front lines of the world’s biggest challenges, warns international humanitarian agency CARE Canada.

“Millions of women and girls around the world are enduring the impacts of conflict, climate change and workplace violence,” says Gillian Barth, president and CEO of CARE Canada. “Canada’s G7 Presidency has advanced an agenda that puts women and girls at the centre of efforts to tackle these challenges. With only days to go until the summit, G7 leaders must stick to their agenda and agree on coordinated and bold actions that can deliver real change for those most at risk.”

The G7 leaders’ summit in Charlevoix, Quebec, on 8-9 June will include representatives from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States, along with the presidents of the European Council and European Commission to represent the EU.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau put gender equality at the centre of Canada’s G7 presidency, which has yielded important outcomes in the buildup to the G7 leaders’ summit. These include Ministerial declarations and statements on topics including gender equality and empowerment of women and girls in crisis; promoting domestic and international measures to address violence and harassment in the workplace; and pursuing new tools to help people in the world’s most vulnerable communities withstand the impacts of extreme weather events.

However, CARE Canada is concerned that progress achieved under Canada’s G7 Presidency could become an annex to an otherwise productive year if G7 leaders become distracted by concerns over trade protectionism.

“Canada has ensured that discussions leading up to this summit have been sensitive to the real needs of women, girls and vulnerable communities,” says Barth. “It is critical that Prime Minister Trudeau and other G7 leaders continue to stand behind these efforts. Now is not the time for the world’s advanced industrialized economies to become overly distracted from the tangible steps they can take today to ensure women and girls enjoy the rights that are too often denied, rights that will tomorrow deliver stronger economies for everyone.”

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To arrange an interview with a CARE spokesperson, contact:

Darcy Knoll
Communications Specialist | CARE Canada
darcy.knoll@care.ca | 613-228-5641