PRESS RELEASE | Women7 hands over W7 Communiqué to Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz

25 May 2022 |

As part of the international Women7 (W7) Summit, Dr. Beate von Miquel, President of the National Council of German Women’s Organizations (DF), handed over the W7 Communiqué to German Chancellor Olaf Scholz today. In the Communiqué, Women7 calls on G7 leaders to make concrete political and financial commitments to implement gender equality in all policy fields. Prior to this, over 60 representatives of civil society organizations from 24 countries had developed the W7 Communiqué in a multi-stage consultation process.

„50% of humanity must hold 50% of power. And the G7 in particular needs to live up to that standard.”, Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz stated in his keynote.

“No crisis is gender-neutral. The goal of gender justice must be the basis and starting point for every political negotiation of the G7. We welcome the fact that Germany has pledged to advance gender equality between women, men, and non-binary persons globally within the framework of the G7 Presidency. Today, we hand over concrete recommendations for implementation to the G7 and demand: We need tangible commitments!”, said DF President von Miquel at the handover of the W7 Communiqué.

On Tuesday, Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth Lisa Paus opened the two-day summit with a keynote. Her speech was followed by discussions of W7 core asks between Minister of State for Europe and Climate at the Federal Foreign Office, Dr. Anna Lührmann and representatives of international civil society. The two-day event took place in a hybrid format in Berlin.