Publication launch

Jonas Nakonz • 16 October 2020

We are proud to launch the first joint publication by the Open Think Tank Network, detailing crowdsourced policy recommendations for a Feminist Foreign Policy.

The publication is the result of a transnational participatory Policy Kitchen process organised by young volunteers of the Open Think Tank Network. More than 200 youth and experts from four continents participated, and collaboratively generated 90 policy proposals detailing their vision of FFP.

We invite decision makers from governments, international organisations and women’s rights groups to discuss practical implications of selected recommendations in the following areas:

  • Definitions and Key Aspects of Feminist Foreign Policy
  • Gender-Based Violence & Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
  • Peace and Security
  • Gender and the Environment
  • Gender Equality and the Economic Sphere

The interactive event will be held virtually. A video link will be provided to registered participants.

Distinguished speakers:

  • Delphine O (Ambassador of the Republic of France and Secretary-General of the Generation Equality Forum)
  • Dr. Hannah Neumann (Member of the European Parliament)
  • Dr. Caren Grown (Director Gender, World Bank)
  • Vanessa Erogbogbo (Head, Women and Trade Programme, International Trade Centre)
  • Cecilia Pellosniemi (Women, Peace and Security Specialist, UN Women)
  • Vijay Krishnarayan (Former Director General of Commonwealth Foundation and Director Partnerships of CountUsIn)
  • Sheena Anderson (Intersectionality Expert, Centre For Feminist Foreign Policy)
  • Wafa Bani Mustafa (Chairperson of the Coalition of Women MPs from Arab Countries to Combat Violence against Women and former Member of the Jordanian House of Representatives)




Advisory board

  • Dr. Joy Asongazoh Alemazung (UN Women Germany #HeforShe-Ambassador/Senior Analyst Global Governance Institute Brussels)
  • Nina Bernarding (Director, Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy)
  • Mathilde Ciulla (Programme Coordinator, Paris Office of the European Council on Foreign Relations)
  • Ben Donaldson (Head of Campaigns, United Nations Association-UK)
  • Dr Jamie Hagen, Assistant Professor of International Relations at Queen’s University Belfast, Co-Director of the Centre for Gender in Politics and Visiting Fellow at London School of Economics
  • Preet Kaur Gill MP (UK Shadow Secretary of State for International Development)
  • Patricia Schulz (Former Board Member and presently Senior Research Associate at UNRISD, former Director of the Federal Office for Gender Equality at Swiss Federal Department of Home Affairs (FDHA), former member of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW))
  • Saskia Stachowitsch (Scientific Director, Austrian Institute of International Affairs and Professor of International Politics at the University of Vienna)


  • Marissa Cornway (Co-Founder and UK Director, Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy)
  • Anoush der Boghossian (Gender Focal Point, World Trade Organisation)
  • Guillaume Gouffier Cha (Member of French Parliament)
  • Gabriella Irsten (Policy & Advocacy Officer, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom)
  • Daliborka Janković (Human Rights Officer, Swiss Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
  • Dr. Ines Kappert (Head of Gunda Werner Institute)
  • Caitlin Kraft-Buchman (CEO women @ the table)
  • Gea Meijers (Wlde+ Network for Feminists Transforming Economic Development, Working Group Gender and Trade)
  • Sarah Louis Montgomery (gender cc - women for climate justice)
  • Delphine O (Ambassador and Secretary General of the UN World Conference on Women)
  • Cecilia Pellosniemi (Women, Peace and Security Specialist, UN Women)
  • Christina Stummer (Gender Expert for the Austrian Development Agency)
  • Tara Varma (Head European Council on Foreign Relations Paris & Policy Fellow)


Open Think Tank Network

The Open Think Tank Network strives for the creation, development, and cooperation of open-source think tanks around the world. We use innovative crowd-sourcing methods and participatory structures to provide opportunities for participation in political debates outside of the traditional fora. Currently, the group consists of think tanks in Austria (Ponto), France (Argo), Germany (Polis180), Switzerland (foraus - Swiss Forum on Foreign Policy) and the UK (Agora).

Policy Kitchen

Policy Kitchen is a policy crowdsourcing methodology developed by foraus - Swiss Forum on Foreign Policy. It enables a diverse network of thinkers to find creative policy recipes for pressing foreign policy challenges. The methodology is built on a crowd innovation platform, physical workshops, and a support process to bring the best recipes to impact.



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