International Women’s Day 2022 | W7 at “Gender Justice Helps the Global Immune System”

7 March 2022 |

How can gender-just approaches be used to provide innovative ideas for just and fair politics? How can those approaches help to raise awareness in global societies? And how can they counter future health and modernization crises in a powerful and sustainable way, especially with regards to political, social, and economic dimensions?

On the eve of 2022 International Women’s Day, the National Council of German Women’s Organizations (Deutscher Frauenrat) partnered with the political foundation Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) to host a festive event with the provocative title: “Gender justice helps the global immune system – effective ways out of the crisis”.

After a welcome address by Daniela Kolbe, vice president of the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation, and by Dr. Beate von Miquel, president of the Deutscher Frauenrat, the event started off with a powerful keynote speech delivered by development economist Prof. Jayati Ghosh on the current economic and social situation of women in the vulnerable societies of the Global South.

„Globally we underprovide care. It is always seen as bottom of political priorities, not as something that can actually transform the economy. This is highly flawed. As feminists, we need to change that!” Ghosh emphasized during her keynote.

Overshadowed by the devastating situation in Ukraine, the event’s focus had been inter alia shifted towards the impact of war on G7 debates and on the overall discourse on gender just recovery and cooperation. Dr. des. Galyna Spodarets, Slavic Studies Expert and Former FES fellow provided substantive background on  the current situation in Ukraine and the situation of women and children on the ground.

At the centre of the festive event was the 45-minute panel discussion on “Under the German presidency: How can the W7 accelerate the way out of the crisis?” joined by Saskia Esken, Chairwoman of Social Democratic Party Germany, Claudia Bogedan, Managing Director of Hans-Böckler-Stiftung, Prof. Anna-Katharina Hornidge, German Development Institute & Professor Global Sustainable Development at University of Bonn, Carla Dietzel, W7 Advisor and Advocacy Officer at CARE Deutschland e.V. and Juliane Rosin, Director of International Gender Equality Policy at Deutscher Frauenrat. The panel shed light on the role of Women7 in current G7 discussions and discussed perspectives from trade unions, policy-making and feminist civil society on key requirements and best-practices to Gender Equal COVID Recovery.

Closing the event with a Resumé Juliane Rosin emphasized the importance for feminists to join forces promote unilateral solidarity in the face of crisis: “In the current crisis we will remind the G7 that we need a boundless solidarity. And that also means that all refugees, regardless of ethnicity, need our full support!”

Download the full programme here.

See here the IWD-Campaign Website of Friedrich-Ebert Foundation.