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Emma Watson Calling on G7 for Feminist Laws


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Fri, 23 Aug 2019 03:42 GMT

Actress Emma Watson and Nobel Peace laureate Nadia Murad will join other women's rights activists on Sunday August 25th to urge world leaders at the Group of Seven (G7) summit in France for progressive laws empowering women and stop those who harm them.

According to Reuters, Watson, Murad and other women's rights leaders from more than 20 countries have identified 80 practices in gender equality law pertaining to violence, economic empowerment, education, health and discrimination.

The 40 Gender Equality Advisory Council will press their case to the G7 countries, which include Germany, France, the United Kingdom, the United States, Japan, Italy and Canada, at their annual meeting.

"The Council expresses great concern about the persistent, and even growing, threats and backlash against girls’ and women’s rights in many countries," it said in recommendations published this week ahead of the summit.

The council's recommendations also call on countries to address physically and economically harmful practices like child marriage, inheritance laws that prevent men leaving wealth to their wives and weak violence laws.

The council, formed in 2018 under then-G7 leader Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and renewed by French president Emanuel Macron, also condemned "the considerable responsibility of some political leaders in this step backwards."

Watson, a vocal advocate for women's rights as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador and active member of Time's Up, has used her stardom for public discussion on gender equality.

"The G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council has a simple first step for #genderequality: Ditch discriminatory laws and adopt laws that lift up girls and women," the "Harry Potter" star wrote on Instagram to more than 51 million followers.

The G7 countries comprise more than 10% of the world's population and over 40% of its wealth.

Macron's official recommendation to G7 leadership will be for each country to adopt at least one new progressive law by next year.