“Time to Deliver” was the motto of the W7 Summit 2022 which took place from 24 to 25 May in Berlin. The National Council of German Women’s Organizations (Deutscher Frauenrat) hosted the hybrid event in a live TV studio. While a small group of 40 W7 activists and political leaders attended the studio in person, 591 representatives of civil society and the public sector registered for the two-day event online. Download the full summit agenda here.
Previous to the summit, 64 W7 Advisors from 24 countries had gathered in working groups for several months to develop policy demands to G7 leaders. They agreed upon a joint declaration, the W7 Communiqué and Implementation Plan. At the W7 Summit, President of the National Council of German Women’s Organizations, Dr. Beate von Miquel, handed over the two declarations to G7 President and German Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz. “It is high time to see actions, results and clear commitments by the G7 on gender equality”, von Miquel said during the handover.
„50% of humanity must hold 50% of power. And the G7 in particular needs to live up to that standard.”, Chancellor Scholz stated during his keynote and emphasized that the perspectives of women are to be integrated into all fields of policy-making. The keynote was followed by a Q&A with Scholz and W7 Advisors where the group exchanged on key demands of the W7 Communiqué and critically reflected on the role of gender equality in the G7 program.
On May 24, Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth Lisa Paus opened the two-day event with a keynote. Three high-level panel discussions on gender equal COVID-19 recovery, gender-responsive climate action and feminist foreign policy framed the political message of the summit: It is time to deliver, G7 leaders!
Among the panelists were Dr. Anna Lührmann, Minister of State for Europe and Climate at the Federal Foreign Office, Delphine O, Ambassador and Secretary General of the Generation Equality Forum, Dr. Janet Kabeberi Macharia, Head of Gender and Social Safeguards Unit of United Nations Environment Programme as well as other high-level guests and civil society representatives of the W7 Network. Jutta Allmendinger, Chair of the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council (GEAC) and Hardiani Uli Silalahi, Chair of W20 Indonesia, furthermore enriched the debate with individual inputs on W7’s cooperation with the GEAC and W20 under Indonesian Presidency. Download the bios of W7 Summit Speakers and Panelists here.
Below you can now find the recording of each summit day and re-watch the panel discussions and individual inputs. W7 Summit media coverage can be reviewed in our press section.
If you want to watch the program in German translation, simply click here.