Handover of Women7 Germany to Japan. Kick-off event of W7 Japan 2023

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Date: Friday, January 20, 2023
Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Venue: Goethe-Institut Tokyo
Akasaka 7-5-56, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Women7 (W7) is a group of civil society organizations that come together to promote proposals on gender equality and women’s rights within the G7 process. Building on feminist principles of intersectionality and inclusion, W7 aims to bring together voices from civil society around the world to critically reflect on and inform G7 outcomes. Its objective is to ensure that G7 leaders make concrete political and financial commitments that can have a tangible, lasting and transformative impact on the lives of women and girls in all their diversity. Women7 hosts rotate on an annual basis along with the G7 presidencies.

At the turn of the year, the W7 presidency thus passed from Germany to Japan. On this occasion, W7 Germany and Japan, in cooperation with the Delegation of EU to Japan, jointly invite you to their official handover and kick-off event at the Goethe-Institut Tokyo. Together we want to discuss important aspects in terms of gender equality for the G7 Presidency 2023: What successes and progress of the German G7 Presidency 2022 need to be preserved and pursued? What needs to be done better by Japan in 2023 and what are the demands of feminist civil society to the G7?

Please register here (https://www.goethe.de/ins/jp/en/ver/w7h.html) if you want to partake in-person.

In addition, the event will be streamed live. Please register for online participation here (https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7grPHpvtRbWulrCcOPvRmQ).


6:00pm Venue Open
6:30pm   MC
Ms. Kazuko Fukuda, #nandenaino Project, FIFTYS Project, Representative of W7 Japan
  Opening Remarks
Mr Jean-Eric Paquet, Ambassador of the European Union to Japan
6:40pm            Presentation
What is the role of W7? How W7 has been engaged with G7?
W7 Germany
Ms. Juliane Rosin, Ms. Caroline Ausserer, National Council of German Women’s Organizations
  W7 Japan & W7 Germany Advisor:
Ms. Atsuko Miwa, Hurights Osaka, Representative of W7 Japan
Ms. Fumie Saito, JOICFP, Representative of W7 Japan
6:50pm  Handover Ceremony + Photo
7:00pm – Fishbowl Discussion
What would you expect for G7 and W7 Japan?
What progress was made under German Presidency that should be further developed now?
What could be done better under Japanese Presidency than in the previous years?
What are central demands from Japanese and international civil society towards the G7 in 2023?
  Representative of W7 2022 Advisors
Ms. Lemona Chanda, Founder, OurCause (Canada/Bangladesh)
Ms. Muzna Dureid, Co-Founder of Syrian Women’s Political Movement
  Representatives of W7 Japan and Japanese Civil Society
Ms. Megumi Ishimoto, Women’s Eye (Rural Women)
Ms. Satoko Yamaguchi, Beijing +25 Youth Task Force (Youth)
Ms. Miki Nagashima, Plan International Japan (Feminist Foreign Policy)
Mx. Minata Hara, Japan Alliance for LGBT legislation (SOGI Issues)
Ms. Kumiko Fujiwara, DPI Women’s Network Japan (Women and Disabilities)
7:45 European Union
Mr. Jean-Eric Paquet, Ambassador of the European Union to Japan
7:50 Representatives of the Government of Japan
Gender Equality Bureau, Cabinet Office
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan 
8:00pm Q&A with the audience
8:10pm Closing Remarks (W7 Japan)
Ms. Yukiko Oda, Co-Chair, Gender Unit, SDGs Japan, Vice Representative, JAWW
  End of Program

Organised by: W7 Germany/ W7 Japan

Supported by:
The Delegation of the European Union to Japan, Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth & Federal Minitry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany

Cooperated by:
Goethe-Institut Tokyo