G7 development aid must prioritize the needs of women and girls if they are to tackle poverty and economic inequality, said Oxfam today as G7 Ministers prepare for a meeting on gender equality in Paris on the 9th and 10th May. The G7 accounts for three quarters of total international development aid.
“G7 leaders must commit to a feminist development agenda – including more funding for women’s organisations in developing countries. Feminist aid is a game changer. Not only should donors significantly increase investments that have gender equality as a principle goal, but rethink how the money is spent in line with feminist principles of transformative change, agency, intersectionality and process,” said Diana Sarosi, Oxfam Canada’s Manager of Policy and author of the report.
Notes to editor:
A new Oxfam report, Feminist aid: a call for G7 leaders to beat inequality is published today which calls for:
- Increased funding for feminist organizations 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 programs 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 programs.