The Women 7 (W7) is a group of civil society organisations who come together to promote proposals on gender equality and women’s rights to governments within the Group 7 (G7) process. The W7 brings together feminist organisations, and women’s rights advocacy groups from the G7 countries and around the world committed to women and girls’ rights. Its objective is to ensure that G7 leaders adopt concrete political and financial commitments that lead to a tangible, lasting and transformative impact on women and girls’ lives everywhere in 2022 and beyond.
W7 Summit in Paris ©Cyril Le Tourneur
Through the drafting of recommendations, sharing of good practices and testimonies, the W7 ensures e that the voices of feminists and women’s rights organizations are front and centre in the G7 process and that leaders hear them. Together, W7 activists prepare policy recommendations and demands that decision-makers place gender equality at the centre of the G7 while also ensuring that such policy outcomes respond to women’s realities and experiences around the world.
In 2018, Canada organised the first Women7 dialogue. It was also the first time a G7 public engagement gathering explicitly used the ‘feminist’ label. It was the start to a world-wide movement halting in Biarritz 2019, in London in 2021 and will take the next stop in Berlin during the Germany W7 Presidency in 2022.
Building on feminist principles of intersectionality and inclusion the W7 aims to open decision and policy-decision processes to grassroots feminist activists from around the world, ensuring that voices who are often excluded can equally engage in these spaces.