In solidarity

The International Center for Research on Women stands with our staff, our community, with people everywhere seeking to transform the underlying systemic inequities that perpetuate the dehumanizing violence that manifested last week in the death of George Floyd at the hands of police.

Injustice – whether targeting people on the basis of their race, gender, class, religion, age, orientation, ability, origin – will persist as long as we do not act to disrupt it. As a people, we must disassemble the structures that fuel and sustain inequity and together build a solid foundation for social justice, equity and a new direction.

George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Tamir Rice. Ahmaud Arbery. Trayvon Martin. We have witnessed crimes against Black people and communities of color over and over. These are crimes against humanity – stark and painful indicators of the injustice and racism that have existed in this country for centuries.

For those of us in the majority, we must recognize that we have to examine our own privilege and work to dismantle the long-standing social inequities that have maintained our position of power in this society. We must all stand up when we see others pushed down and rise up together with purpose.

We at ICRW stand in solidarity with the Black community. We will use our research and advocacy platform to interrogate injustice, drive evidence-informed solutions and collaborate with our partners near and far to create a better world.


Report Card on 2018 G7 Commitments to Gender Equality

In December 2017, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised unprecedented emphasis on women and girls over the course of this year’s Group of Seven (G7) deliberations. As President of the G7 this year, Trudeau’s agenda included five themes, one of which was the advancement of gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Besides a stand-alone priority, Trudeau stressed that gender equality and women’s empowerment would be integrated in all other themes and throughout all ministerial meetings. To bolster his ambition to make progress on gender equality, Trudeau launched the Gender Equality Advisory Council (GEAC) – a council of 21 women’s rights champions from around the world – who were tasked to advise him and provide robust recommendations to ensure that gender equality and a gender-based analysis are integrated across all activities of its Presidency. The council delivered on his call for bold, feminist proposals Canada could champion in its leadership of the G7.

These actions, in addition to Canada’s support for the first feminist Women Seven (W7) Summit, whose delegates represented global, feminist, intersectional activists from G7 as well as developing countries, have elevated the G7’s focus on gender—but did it achieve its goals of raising the bar on gender equality and delivering feminist outcomes? This report card measures Canada’s progress in 2018 against stated goals, and will be used as the baseline to set expectations as we look ahead to France in 2019.