A Women’s Human Rights Agenda for the G8: Democracy and Accountability

On May 18, leaders of the world’s eight largest economies (the G8) will gather at Camp David, a walled-off retreat reserved for the US President and his guests. There, they will make decisions that will affect all of us, no matter where we live.

But women’s human rights advocates refuse to be ignored. We are putting forward our own G8 agenda. We need your input to craft it.

Every day, we’ll be addressing the priorities that should be on the G8 agenda. We’re asking you to submit your comments, concerns and suggestions. Together, we can craft an agenda that voices the demands of women’s human rights advocates around the world.

Today, we’re looking at Democracy and Accountability:

This Is the Reality:

Greed Without Accountability: G8 governments have shielded the bankers and corporations responsible for the financial crises that have devastated communities across the globe. Rescued by government bailouts, they are quickly returning to business as usual.

The Next Phase of the Arab Spring: The revolutions of the Arab Spring were made possible and accelerated by women’s leadership. Women have created new opportunities to have a say in their future—but they are already confronting a backlash from fundamentalist forces.

Unfair International Institutions: Global governing power is concentrated in the hands of wealthy nations—and the G8 is a prime example. But countries of the Global South are organizing to demand a space at the table.

This Is Our Vision. Women Demand G8 Policies That:

Recognize the financial meltdown as a result of a neoliberal economic model—one that also threatens our food, energy and environment.

Address the demands of the Occupy Wall Street movement and its counterparts worldwide—including an end to impunity for criminal acts by banks and corporations.

Stand with women leaders against rightwing backlash.

Democratize global policy-making spaces. The G8 is not an alternative to the United Nations.

Add your voice here.

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