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Byanyima elected to G7 advisory council

By Apollo Mubiru

Added 9th March 2018 10:21 AM

She joined some of the most popular and accomplished figures who were ranked based on achievement.

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She joined some of the most popular and accomplished figures who were ranked based on achievement.

Winnie Byanyima, the executive director, Oxfam International, has been elected to the Gender Equality Advisory Council for Canada’s G7 Presidency.

Members of the Council have been selected on the basis of their work and achievements, commitment to advancing gender equality and capacity to influence public discourse and contribute ideas that reach beyond traditional government-to-government relations.

The 21-man council co-chaired by Melinda Gates and Isabelle Hudon, the ambassador of Canada to France and Monaco has only three Africans.

Byanyima, the wife of the Ugandan opposition leader and four-time presidential candidate, Dr Kizza Besigye, was last year named among the top 100 most reputable individuals on earth in 2017.

She joined some of the most popular and accomplished figures who were ranked based on achievement.

The list featured world leaders, business and sports personalities, celebrated entertainers, politicians, activists, scientists, innovators among others.

The Gender Equality Advisory Council for Canada’s G7 Presidency (“the Council”) is mandated to promote a transformative G7 agenda and support leaders and ministers in ensuring that gender equality and gender-based analysis are integrated across all themes, activities and outcomes of Canada’s G7 Presidency.

The Council carries out its mandate by advising the G7 Presidency and recommending concrete actions for the G7 to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment across all areas of the G7’s work.

The Council’s recommendations will be reviewed by the G7 Presidency and G7 consensus will be sought to implement the recommendations and proposed actions.

The 44th G7 summit will be held on June 8 and 9, 2018 at the Manoir Richelieu in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada.

The Group of Seven (G7) is an informal bloc of industrialized democracies—Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States—that meets annually to discuss issues such as global economic governance, international security, and energy policy.

The Council’s work will be organized by the five priority themes of Canada’s G7 Presidency: Investing in growth that works for everyone, preparing for jobs of the future, advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment, working together on climate change, oceans and clean energy and building a more peaceful and secure world.

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