G7 must commit to feminist aid agenda to tackle poverty and economic inequality, says Oxfam

By agency reporter
May 10, 2019

G7 development aid must prioritise the needs of women and girls if they are to tackle poverty and economic inequality, said Oxfam as G7 Ministers prepare for a meeting on gender equality in Paris on the 9 and 10 May 2019. The G7 accounts for three quarters of total international development aid.

Robin Guittard, Senior Campaigner on Financing for Development said: “Putting women and girls at the heart of the development agenda is key to fighting poverty and inequality – yet just US$97 million of the US$110 billion the G7 spent on overseas aid in 2017 was channelled through women's organisations. President Macron, who is hosting this year’s G7 Summit, has made gender equality a priority at home but less than one third of its overseas aid funding is targeting women.”

“G7 leaders must commit to a feminist development agenda – including more funding for women’s organisations in developing countries and more funding for public services which benefit women and girls such as healthcare and education”, added Guittard. 

A new Oxfam report, Feminist aid: a call for G7 leaders to beat inequality calls for:

  • Increased funding for feminist organisations in developing countries
  • Increased funding public services that support poor women – particularly healthcare, education and social protection
  • Involvement of women in the development and delivery of programmes funded by overseas development aid.
  • More consideration given to the existing structural imbalances that make women more vulnerable to poverty and inequality in the design of aid programmes

* Read Feminist aid: a call for G7 leaders to beat inequality here

* Oxfam International https://www.oxfam.org/en

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