We, the Gender Equality Advisory Council, know that everyone benefits when girls and womenFootnote 1 are safe, healthy, educated, heard, and empowered to make decisions about their own lives. Undertake special efforts to improve the availability, quality and use of gender data in crisis contexts. This will become increasingly urgent as service providers and technology developers continue to move toward machine-based algorithmic decision-making, which could compromise the ability to provide explanations for decisions and impacts in terms that are accessible, accountable and transparent. Encourage and support all countries to spend a sufficient percentage of government budgets on education with bilateral and multilateral aid mirroring these allocations. Increase their national-level abilities for punitive action against their respective nationals in the conduct of peace building or conflict operations in any country to protect women working alongside contracted security providers, law enforcement officers and military from sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual and gender-based violence and harm. Commit to achieving gender parity in country, ministerial, and sherpa delegations in G7 meetings by 2025. Adopt/update transition strategies that are gender-responsive, target the creation of decent jobs for women, and expand women’s access to educational and skill development opportunities in the emerging low carbon economy. For economies to be inclusive and equitable, it is not just the objective dimensions of economic empowerment that matter, such as asset ownership or income. Increase funding for programs that work with men who use violence, including innovative approaches such as restorative justice initiatives developed within Indigenous communities. Increase the percentage of Official Development Assistance (ODA) to education. Ensure that women are able to be productive and innovative in the economy by creating enabling conditions for decent work, including for women in the informal sector; ratifying International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention 189 on the protection of paid domestic workers; supporting a new ILO standard on ending violence and harassment in the world of work; enacting pay equity legislation that is monitored and enforced; and reducing the gender gap in labor force participation by 25% by 2025. But violence, insecurity, poverty, and inequality still hold back billions of people and humanity as a whole, risking long-term instability and slowing global growth. In recognition that investing in grassroots women’s rights organizations may represent a new approach for many donors, G7 countries should work collaboratively to develop coordinated investment approaches and mechanisms and share lessons learned in ways that minimize risk and elevate best practices. Implementing commitments towards gender equality requires technical capacity and intentional measures to incorporate a gender perspective in planning and budgeting framework, and in policy and program development. Moreover, the International Criminal Court has issued 3 verdicts so far, but no conviction has been made for SGBV. Governments are increasingly looking towards private-public partnerships- or blended finance – for international assistance. * Institutions should seek to improve the quality of their leadership by creating awareness, understanding, and appreciation of different management styles. Of the 175 million young people living in low and lower middle income countries who are unable even to read all or part of a sentence, around 61% are young women. To overcome health, educational and resource barriers to women’s leadership and political participation, invest in childcare, and strong public health and educations programs, including women’s access to modern contraception and other reproductive health services, age-appropriate learning for individuals to establish healthy and more equitable gender norms. Institutions should promote gender diversity of research teams through a variety of incentives (for example quality recognition and allocation of resources) and through transparency in hiring. Governments need to periodically review and revise curricula, textbooks and teacher education programmes to ensure that they do not perpetuate gender stereotypes. But the most important barriers to gender equality remain primarily within the school; they are related to deeprooted gender discrimination and power relations. Of the 60 million people displaced around the world, it is estimated that 26 million of those people are displaced due to climate related issues. Apply a feminist approach to research, partnership, monitoring and evaluation and invest in increased gender equality and women’s rights capacity of staff. Adhere to sustainable development and development effectiveness principles to ensure private finance blending supports sustainable development and gender equality. Promote the adoption of women-friendly policies in national parliaments and regional/provincial parliaments, including those that address social potential, gender equitable parental leave policies, childcare, official hours for voting and negotiations. Endorse the ‘Call to Action to end Forced Labour, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking’ recognizing that legal definitions vary from country to country. Thirteen years ago, responding to massive mobilization and activism, the leaders of the largest advanced economies delivered a bold promise to “Make Poverty History”. Access to financial products and services enables women to save, invest in education, start businesses, manage risk and mitigate the impact of financial shocks. Support efforts to ensure that women’s voices are at the heart of disaster-risk management. Support education, training and reskilling on digital literacy and AI and exchange information on workforce development for AI skills, including apprenticeships, computer science and STEM education, especially for girls and women. As a result, millions of the poorest girls and women are left behind when it comes to enjoying decent working conditions, earning a fair income, experiencing the gains of greater prosperity, having a voice in family, workplace and community, and shaping the course of their own lives. Promote, advocate for and fund the inclusion of civil society, especially women’s rights groups, in national processes for the 25-year review and appraisal of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action in 2019. Institute and improve data collection on the various harmful practices, including incidence of child, early, and forced marriage and FGM/C. We call on the G7 to: Gender data and statistics are essential for smart policy, and the lack of reliable gender data has hindered progress on advancing gender equality and the empowerment of girls and women. Work across line ministries such as the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Gender Equality and the Ministry of Youth, to overcome common barriers that adolescents face in accessing healthcare by prioritizing youth-friendly health services, products, and information, as well as ensuring the provision of comprehensive sexuality education that aligns with the UN’s 2017 International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education.