French G7 Biarritz Summit preparatory meetings hone in on gender inequality in education and entrepreneurship
On July 4-5, 2019, the G7 development and education ministers met in Paris to prepare the G7 Biarritz Summit to take place on August 24-26, 2019. The meetings focused on fighting inequality, with particular emphasis on gender equality and significant priority given to Africa.
French President Macron has pledged to:
- Match donations to UNICEF France between July and December 2019 for the education of girls in the Sahel, and to support projects for menstrual hygiene, which is often an obstacle to schooling;
- Provide significant support for organizations in the fight against sexual violence in conflict;
- Leverage G-7 countries to generate US$3 billion in loans for female African entrepreneurs.
France also called on all G7 countries to double funds for the education of girls in the Sahel.