W8 group activities
On top of their national work the W8 women come together and work with Oxfam International to bring the issues they work on to the attention of a global audience.
In the lead up to the 2009 G8 Summit, W8 members worked around the world campaigning for universal access to health care, medicines and education.
At the Civil G8 Forum in Rome, Miranda Akhvlediani from Georgia and Rokeya Kabir from Bangladesh joined more than 200 representatives from global civil society associations to help build a dialogue between the G8 and international civil society. Elba Rivera Urbina from Nicaragua toured Spain and six W8 members met the German Development Minister with German rock band Die Toten Hosen to put pressure on the two governments to support developing countries through the global economic crisis and stick to the aid commitments they have made.
The W8 wrote to G8 leaders calling on them to make health care free for pregnant women and children , supported by Mary Robinson, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, who said “I join them in calling on world leaders to reduce preventable deaths.” Since then members of the W8 have urged the Italian, Dutch and Japanese governments not to cut their aid budgets - and the Dutch Development Minister has since reduced the planned budget cut in aid.
The W8 are busy planning international work throughout 2010, a key year in which a lot of pressure is needed to get the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) back on track. In March they will be touring Canada and five European countries in a drive to get clear commitments from national politicians regarding the MDGs. There will be a specific focus on Canada as the host of the G8 and G20, and on Spain, which will be President of the EU from January to June 2010.