The Group of Seven (G-7) countries have committed to taking steps to eliminate gender economic gaps and promote female empowerment. They have acknowledged the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on gender equality. In a joint statement, the G-7 gender equality ministers highlighted unpaid care and domestic work as major barriers to women’s economic empowerment. They suggested that technology and flexible work hours could help address this imbalance. The ministers emphasized the importance of women’s participation in decision-making as a matter of human rights and beneficial for society as a whole. The G-7 ministers also expressed concern for the rights and safety of LGBT people, stating that they are under threat in many countries. The meeting, chaired by Japan’s gender equality and women’s empowerment minister, discussed these issues. Japan has faced criticism for its low gender gap ranking and lack of action on women’s participation in politics and the economy. However, recent efforts, including a target for gender diversity on company boards and legislation to prevent discrimination against LGBT individuals, show a shift towards addressing these issues.
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