Executive Director to attend the G7 Foreign Ministers meeting in France

Date: Thursday, April 4, 2019

UN Women Executive Director meets with Madame Brigitte Macron Photo: Philippe Servent/Présidence de la République
UN Women Executive Director meets with Madame Brigitte Macron Photo: Philippe Servent/Présidence de la République

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will participate in the G7 Foreign Ministers meeting on 5 April in Dinard, France, as a member of the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council established by French President Emmanuel Macron.

Participants in the G7 meeting on Women, Peace and Security in Saint-Malo on 5 April 2019. Photo: UN Women/Laurence Gillois
Participants in the G7 meeting on Women, Peace and Security in Saint-Malo on 5 April 2019. Photo: UN Women/Laurence Gillois

The G7 meeting will discuss reducing gender inequality globally, with a focus on protecting women from sexual violence in conflict and strengthening the role of women in peace processes and crisis resolution.

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian on 6 April. Photo: UN Women/Laurence Gillois
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian. Photo: UN Women/Laurence Gillois

The Executive Director will also meet with G7 Ministers to discuss concrete actions to increase women’s meaningful participation in political, governance and security structures at all levels to achieve sustainable peace and security.

This includes strengthening the meaningful engagement and protection of women’s rights defenders and women’s civil society organizations, expanding financing of the women, peace and security agenda, increasing the number and share of women in uniformed services, and promoting gender-inclusive peace processes and negotiations.

Ahead of the G7 meeting, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka is in Paris on 4 April, where she will meet Brigitte Macron to discuss collaboration for advancing gender equality worldwide as the year 2020 approaches, a pivotal year which will mark the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

France will host the Global Gender Equality Forum in 2020, in partnership with UN Women, other partner countries and with civil society.

The Global Gender Equality Forum will bring together governments and civil society and facilitate inclusive and bottom-up participation through modern technology, to renew global commitments to achieve the gender equality agenda.

While in Paris, the Executive Director will address the HeForShe IMPACT Lab Steering Committee to communicate her vision on the conclusion of the IMPACT and Thematic Champion Initiatives by 2020.

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka meets with the HeForShe Impact Lab Steering Committee. The He For She Impact Lab is an incubator of solutions for gender equality and the Steering Committee is composed of private sector leaders. Photo: UN Women
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka meets with the HeForShe Impact Lab Steering Committee. The He For She Impact Lab is an incubator of solutions for gender equality and the Steering Committee is composed of private sector leaders. Photo: UN Women

She will also meet the members of UN Women National Committee France, and its President Céline Mas. The French National Committee was established in 2013 to promote UN Women’s mandate and campaigns in France. It has notably promoted the HeForShe and the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaigns. In 2018, the French National Committee named Orange Day Champions to support good practices to promote zero tolerance on violence against women and girls. Among these Orange Day champions are eight universities in Brittany, the French region where the G7 Foreign Affairs Ministers meeting will take place.

UN Women Executive Director meets with the France National Committee.  Photo: UN Women
UN Women Executive Director meets with the France National Committee. Photo: UN Women