Delegates discuss W20 demands with 2017 G20 President Angela Merkel. ©Martin Funck
The W7 dialogue is a multi-stage consultation process on both the national and international level, consisting of several discussion formats, roundtables and advocacy campaigns that will be ongoing throughout 2022. The three-month consultation process of the W7 Advisors, culminating in the W7 summit, forms the centerpiece of the W7 Dialogue. Through a powerful and inclusive process, Women7 aims to place gender equality high on the political agenda and ensure that G7 leaders adopt concrete political and financial commitments that lead to a tangible, lasting and transformative impact.
Christine Lagarde and Angela Merkel at a 2017 W20 summit high level panel. ©Martin Funck
The German Chancellor tasked the Deutscher Frauenrat (National Council of German Women’s Organisation) – the umbrella organization of over 60 nationwide women’s associations and organizations – with implementing the W7 Dialogue during Germany’s G7 presidency in 2022.
Within a national consultation process, the W7 Think Tank – consisting of twelve national gender equality experts – prepared a zero draft, which forms the foundation for the international consultation process. In December 2021 key topics for the draft were discussed with over 100 representatives of German women’s organizations and interested members of the public as part of the „W7-Arbeitstreffen“. The results are to be fed into the final version of the zero draft.
Panel at the W7 2019 Summit in Paris. ©Cyril Le Tourneur
Activist Malala Yousafzai at the W20 2018 Summit in Japan. @W20 Japan
On January 20, the W7 Kickoff Event celebrated the start of the W7 Dialogue under German G7 Presidency. That date also marked the beginning of an international consultation process led by W7 Advisors who met for the first time following the event. From February to April 2022, W7 Advisors will form working groups to develop proposals on gender equality and women’s rights, focusing on six key areas: Gender-equal COVID Recovery; Women’s economic empowerment, justice and rights; Climate Justice; Feminist Foreign Policy; Ending Gender-based Violence, and Accountability Mechanisms. This largely virtual consultation process will be flanked by a series of events and discussion formats throughout the year.
At the hybrid W7 Summit in Berlin on May 24‒25, 2022, Women7 will invite civil society representatives to hand over the final W7 recommendations to the G7 president and discuss its key demands. Alongside this consultation process, Women7 will continuously advocate for the network’s work within G7 negotiations to ensure that G7 leaders, working groups and ministerial meetings translate the W7 recommendations into action.
As the G7 Presidency is a year-long process, W7 lobbying will not end with the G7 Summit in June. The G7 ministerial meetings from July to December are important milestones on the G7 Roadmap 2022 and will receive powerful demands from the feminist W7 network.
Finally, the German W7 presidency will ensure a sustainable handover to the subsequent W7 president – Japan – in 2023, documenting its experiences and the lessons it has learned.