A piece of news that seems to be getting lost in the G7 summit fallout is one that is a major win for women. One of the themes implemented by chairman Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at this year’s annual summit, which brings the seven countries with the largest advanced economies in the world together, was gender equality and empowering women and girls.
Over $2.9 billion was raised at the annual G7 summit in a major effort to improve education for women and girls across the globe. Unfortunately, the U.S. didn’t contribute money towards the cause at all, a spokesperson for the Canadian prime minister’s office confirmed.
According to UNICEF, 32 million girls who should be in lower secondary school aren’t. When girls are allowed to continue their education, child mortality and child marriage rates go down, while gross domestic products go up.