W7 – After the Summit: What have we achieved?

W7 stands for Women 7 and is a global alliance of NGOs working for more gender justice at the G7. The Women 7 works every year in parallel with the G7. And because Germany holds the G7’s presidency for 2022, the Women 7 was organized this year by the National Council of German Women’s Organizations.

For one year, 64 activists* from 24 countries considered the question: what must policymakers do to ensure greater gender justice worldwide? They then condensed their demands onto two pages before handing it over to this year's G7 President, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who accepted it on behalf of the heads of all the G7 countries. The question then is, did the G7 listen? And, if so, what did the W7 achieve with its work?

A podcast with:
• Caroline Ausserer, W7 Project Coordinator at the National Council of German Women’s Organizations
• Khanyo Farisé, Outright Action International
- Spogmay Ahmed, International Center for Research on Women and a W7 Advisor on Feminist Foreign Policy
• Miwo Atsuko, executive director of the Human Rights Information Center in Osaka, Japan, and a W7 Advisor on gender-equal responses to the covid pandemic

W7: https://women7.org/

W7 communiqué and implementation plan: https://women7.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/W7-Communique%CC%81.pdf

W7 Summit: video stream of the two-day conference with the handover of the communiqué to this G7 President, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz: https://women7.org/w7summit2022/

This episode is part of the series:

This series hands the microphone to people whose voices don’t often get heard - people now making choices which don’t conform to laws or customs - or whose views have long been disregarded, even censored. Its about communities fighting for basic human rights and its about the diverse tools of their struggles. We discover how women are securing their rights through political protest, we look in detail at women’s reproductive rights and we go into LGBT communities worldwide.