National Think Tank Advises W7 Dialogue

1 December 2021 |

The Deutscher Frauenrat, DF (National Council of German Women’s Organizations) is taking over the Women7 dialogue in the coming year. In this context, the DF has formed a committee of renowned experts to support the international negotiations. The “W7 Think Tank” already kicked off their work in November with an inaugural meeting.

The W7 Think Tank is tasked with developing a first draft of demands, the so-called “Zero Draft”. Gender Equal COVID Recovery, Women’s Economic Empowerment, Climate Justice, Feminist Foreign Policy, Gender based Violence and Accountability Mechanisms will be the W7 topics emphasized within the draft.

At a W7 working session on 21 December 2021, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., representatives of national women’s organizations and interested members of civil society met to discuss the emphasized topics in various working groups and with the support of the think tank representatives. The results of the exchange are included in the final version of the Zero Draft.

The committee will provide a first set of W7 demands by the end of January 2022. This set of demands will mark the thematic starting point of the W7 dialogue and form the foundation of discussions for the international negotiations. International experts from civil society and advocacy groups, W7 advisors, will then join the consulting process and meet for the first time on 20 January 2022 after an official takeover ceremony. They will formulate the W7 Communiqué in a multi stage consultation process and present their work to the G7 presidency at the W7 summit in May. Many representatives of the think tank will also continue to support the process with their expertise.

The think tank currently consists of 12 experts:

  • Sheena Anderson, Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy (CFFP)
  • Jeannette Böhme, Medica mondiale
  • Carla Dietzel, Care Germany
  • Regina Frey, Institute for Gender Equality Research (GIG)
  • Karin Heisecke, MaLisa Foundation
  • Anke Janetzki, Association of German Women Entrepreneurs (VdU)
  • Alisa Kaps, Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung (DSW)
  • Marion Lüttig, LesbenRing
  • Ulrike Röhr, GenderCC – Women for Climate Justice
  • Ursula Schäfer-Preuss, UN Women Germany
  • Anke Stock, Women Engaged for a Common Future (WEFC)
  • Annika Wünsche, German Trade Union Confederation (DGB)