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UGANDA: OXFAM’S Winnie Byanyima named in G7 women activists

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KAMPALA (@UG_EDGE) – Oxfam International Executive Director, Winnie Byanyima, has been selected alongside other 10 women activists to the gender and equality advisory council to the Canadian presidency of the G7 member countries.

The G7 [Group of Seven] is a group consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The council is co-chaired by Melinda Gates of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation which works to help people around the world lead healthy, productive lives.

Canada became G7 presidency on January 1, 2018 and will host the annual G7 Summit from June 8-9, 2018 in Charlevoix, Quebec.

Canadian Presidency said in a statement that members of the Council have been selected on the basis of their work and achievements, commitment to advancing gender equality and capacity to influence public discourse and contribute ideas that reach beyond traditional government-to-government relations.

In response, Byanyima said she is honoured to serve on the Advisory Council to Canada’s G7 Presidency and will focus will be pursuing growth which benefits women and men equally and ending poverty in the world.

Full list of Gender Equality Advisory Council

  • Winnie Byanyima – Executive Director, Oxfam International (Uganda)
  • Diane Elson – Economist and Gender and Development Social Scientist (United Kingdom)
  • Rosemary Ganley – Community Organizer (Canada)
  • Malala Yousafzai – Nobel Laureate, Activist for Girls’ Education (Pakistan
  • Leymah Gbowee – Nobel Laureate, Peace Activist (Liberia)
  • Dayle Haddon – Founder, WomenOne (Canada)
  • Yoko Hayashi – Member, UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (Japan)
  • Katja Iversen – President & CEO, Women Deliver (Denmark)
  • Roberta Jamieson – President & CEO, Indspire (Canada)
  • Michael Kaufman – Co-founder, White Ribbon Campaign (Canada)
  • Farrah Khan – Manager, Consent Comes First, Ryerson University (Canada)
  • Isabelle Kocher – CEO, ENGIE Group (France)
  • Christine Lagarde – Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (France)
  • Phumzile Mlambo – Executive Director, UN Women (South Africa)
  • Maya Roy – CEO, YWCA Canada (Canada)
  • Isabell Welpe – Professor, Chair for Strategy and Organization, Technical University of Munich (Germany)
  • Christine Whitecross – Canadian Forces Lieutenant General, Commandant of NATO Defense College in Rome (Canada)
  • Dillon Black – Anti-Violence Advocate, LGBTQ Advocate, PhD Candidate (Canada)
  • Emma Bonino


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