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How women can make the world a fairer place for all

Angela Merkel

Published 05/06/2015 | 02:30

The renowned legal campaigner and rights activist Erin Brockovich, whose life became a symbol of empowerment: “Only 50pc of the world’s women are currently in gainful employment,” writes Chancellor Merkel
The renowned legal campaigner and rights activist Erin Brockovich, whose life became a symbol of empowerment: “Only 50pc of the world’s women are currently in gainful employment,” writes Chancellor Merkel

The heads of state and government of the seven leading industrial countries will gather in Germany this weekend to discuss the most pressing global challenges. The G7 states are linked not only by prosperity and economic strength, but also by their shared values: freedom, democracy and human rights. Anyone doubting that there is a point to summits like this need only look to the world's current trouble spots to realise that there is a need, indeed a duty, to co-operate intensively to find joint solutions.

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Who would have believed it possible, 25 years on from the end of the Cold War, that the European peace order would be cast into doubt by the annexation of the Crimea? Or that the spread of the Ebola virus might destabilise several African states and set their development back? Or that in the Middle East an Islamist terrorist organisation would be trying to establish a so-called caliphate in the territory of two states?

These examples - all of which are on the agenda for our summit - already suffice to show that global challenges require international responses.

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