G7 Education and development ministers meeting in Paris
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai speaks to French President Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of a G-7 ministers summit, in Paris, July 5, 2019.
PARIS — France wants the world’s leading industrial economies to double funding for girls' education in the Sahel at a summit next month in the French town of Biarritz.
Speaking Friday in Paris at the headquarters of the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, French President Emmanuel Macron laid out initiatives to increase educational and economic opportunities for women, with a special focus on Africa's Sahel region.
Macron, whose country currently holds the presidency of the Group of Seven advanced economies, challenged fellow G-7 members to not only increase their financial commitment to girls’ education in the Sahel but also to make sure funds are spent efficiently and make a difference.
Macron also denounced anyone seeking to deny girls an education, including on religious grounds. Keeping girls at home, he said, was a form of modern slavery.
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