UN Women Deputy Executive Director attends meeting of the G7 Advisory Council for Gender Equality in Paris

Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Ms. Asa Regnér exchanging with President Emmanuel Macron, Minister Marlène Schiappa and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson. Photo: UN Women/Laurence Gillois
Ms. Asa Regnér exchanging with President Emmanuel Macron, Minister Marlène Schiappa and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson. Photo: UN Women/Laurence Gillois

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér attended the meeting of the G7 Advisory Council for Gender Equality in the Elysée Palace on 19 February, on behalf of UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

The Council is tasked to provide advice to the G7 Presidency on the Biarritz Partnership for Gender Equality, a legislative package and good practices in favour of gender equality and women’s rights, as well as supporting the inclusion of gender equality as a cross-cutting issue in G7 initiatives.

The three thematic priorities of the Advisory Council are the protection of women from all forms of violence, access to education for girls and women and women’s economic empowerment.

Meeting of the Members of the G7 Advisory Council for Gender Equality, hosted by Minister Marlène Schiappa, Elysées Palace, Paris, 19 February. Photo: UN Women/Laurence Gillois
Meeting of the Members of the G7 Advisory Council for Gender Equality, hosted by Minister Marlène Schiappa, Elysées Palace, Paris, 19 February. Photo: UN Women/Laurence Gillois

Following its first meeting, the Council presented to French President Emmanuel Macron an initial set of findings and recommendations.

The Gender Equality Advisory Council is composed of around 30 prominent women’s rights and gender equality experts and advocates, including Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka, actor and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson and Nobel Peace Prize winners Denis Mukwege Mukengere, Nadia Murad.

G7 Advisory Council meets for the first time in the Elysée Palace on 19 February. Photo: UN Women/Laurence Gillois
G7 Advisory Council meets for the first time in the Elysée Palace on 19 February. Photo: UN Women/Laurence Gillois

The Council will continue its work through regular meetings, which will feed into the upcoming G7 Ministerial meeting dedicated to gender equality in May 2019.

During her visit to Paris, Ms. Regnér also met Mr. Alexis Lamek, Director for the United Nations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and discussed the partnership between France and UN Women. Ms. Regnèr also met representatives of the UN Women French National Committee, a French independent non-governmental organization that support the mission of UN Women through public awareness initiatives and fundraising efforts.