PARIS — Human rights advocates met Tuesday in Paris to discuss potential strategies leading industrial nations could employ to reduce violence and discrimination against women.

French President Emmanuel Macron named 35 advocates to give the Group of Seven recommendations and has said he wants gender equality to be a main focus.

The advocates are addressing three main topics: combating violence against women, promoting girls’ education and women’s entrepreneurship.

Participants include three Nobel Peace Prize winners: Tunisian businesswoman Wided Bouchamaoui, Congolese gynecologist Denis Mukwege and Yazidi activist Nadia Murad. Actress Emma Watson, a United Nations goodwill ambassador on gender equality issues, also is part of the group.

During their meeting with Macron, group members left an empty chair for human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, who is imprisoned in Iran.

Macron said France was financing a $136 million fund to help women’s rights movements across the world.

The other G-7 countries are Canada, the United States, Japan, Germany, Italy and the U.K.

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