#W7OutandLoud – Highlights from the W7 Strategy and Evaluation Meeting

11 – 14 October 2022 |

Half a year after our W7 Summit and the clear message #timetodeliver to the G7 governments, it was time to gather our advisors again. From October 11-14, 34 W7 Advisors came together in Berlin to evaluate this year’s presidency. “Have the G7 delivered?” was just one of the key questions of this strategy and evaluation meeting with the women7 team in Berlin.

Before the start of the official workshop and meetings, however, there was another highlight: The Women7 team and a delegation of advisors gathered at the TV Tower for dinner. While the sun was setting over Berlin, Yvonne De Andrés welcomed on behalf of the National Council of German Women’s Organizations.

Did the G7 deliver under the German presidency?

The very next morning the important analysis of the results of the German G7 presidency started: To what extent are our Women7 recommendations included in the Elmau G7 Communique? Among others, one of the key gains recorded was: For the 1st time, a G7 communiqué calls for Feminist foreign, trade and development policies and uses non-binary, inclusive language. In working groups, the G7 Communiqué was examined in more detail.  The common conclusion: A myriad of political promises but no agreement on a clear path for timely implementation. A major point identified was also the lack of an intersectional perspective on the role of racism, homophobia and transphobia as structural factors stemming from colonialism and patriarchy. Read more about Women 7’s analysis here. 

But it was not only the results of the G7 that were critically scrutinized: For future continuity and impact of the Women7 mission, the agenda also included the evaluation of our own efforts and the associated processes. What were strengths and weaknesses of the W7 consultation and drafting process? What do we aspire to for future presidencies? How do we ensure inclusiveness and diverse representation in our network? What are the recommendations for future W7 advocacy?

The results of this discussion were documented on posters and discussed in plenum among W7 Advisors. The results of this discussion will feed into the 2022 Women7 Handbook to be passed on to future presidency as guidance.

Joining forces for gender equality with Civil7, Think7, GEAC, W20 India and W20 Indonesia

Our second workshop day also focused on this future advocacy: How can we amplify feminist voices in future G7 negotiations? This was discussed together with guests from Civil7, Youth7, Think7, GEAC, as well as the W20 teams from India and Indonesia. What can we learn from each other and how can we support each other and emphasize the demands? These questions and in particular the issue of consistency beyond individual presidencies and civil society groups emerged throughout the days.

In the framework of this open workshop day, the Global Alliance of Care and the National Institute of Woman (INMUJERES) send a special video greeting from President Nadine Gasman.

In addition to meetings, our advisors also got an insight into Berlin political and queer history. With the help of LGBTQ* activist Finn Ballard, a group of Advisors dove into the history of queer urban culture: From the culture of 1920s, the Weimar era, and today’s commemoration of the victims of Nazism. Meanwhile, another group of W7 Advisors visited the German Parliament. After visiting a plenary session, they went up to the dome and it’s exhibition on the buildings history. On Friday, a visit to the Chancellor’s Office was part of the colorful agenda.

Have the G7 delivered? How can we amplify feminist voices in future G7 negotiations? Discuss with us on social media using the hashtags #w7outandloud #timetodeliver #joiningforces and linking @women7official.

Also, make sure to read these interesting articles written by our W7 Advisors, Cathy Orlando (Canada) and Sini Heikkila (Finland):

31 October 2022 | The Sudbury Star – Time to deliver on gender equality and feminist policy

27 October 2022 | Cherie Blaire Foundation – Turning the tide for women’s rights through strengthening feminist coalitions