What should a feminist foreign policy look like in the 2020s?

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Selection | 15 May - 31 May 2020

What should a feminist foreign policy look like in the 2020s?

Now is a pivotal moment for mapping the future development of a feminist foreign policy agenda. 2020 is an extraordinary year for international commitments on gender equality: it marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, the 20th anniversary of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security and the 5thanniversary of Sustainable Development Goal Nr. 5 (Gender Equality). 

As the global system reels in the context of environmental catastrophes, staggering levels of inequality, conflict, and confrontational political leadership, the need for a transformative and more inclusive foreign policy seems evident. 

Women and traditionally marginalized groups - such as LGBTQI people - have been historically underrepresented in government, policy-making and, subsequently, in foreign policy. This has led to foreign policies that traditionally neglect the interests of these groups and have, in consequence, sometimes increased (pre-existing) gender inequalities. Thus, by centering the needs and agency of traditionally marginalized groups and by analysing international affairs through a bottom-up perspective that acknowledges the intersectional nature of inequality (age, gender, class, ethnicity, etc.), a feminist foreign policy (FFP) could provide an alternative to power politics and the behaviour of domination prevalent in today’s global climate. 

While UN Security Council Resolution 1325 was an acclaimed milestone for considering gender in global security politics, FFP does not need to be limited to gender equality in the security realm, but can embed gender equality as a cross-cutting imperative in all areas of foreign policy (e.g. trade, development, environment, etc.). This way, FFP promises to promote greater policy coherence with regard to gender equality across different sectors and government units.

But how could the formulation and implementation of such a feminist foreign policy look like in practice in the 2020s?

Submit your proposals on Policy Kitchen or at any of the online workshops below!
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The process

Using the collaborative online platform Policy Kitchen, as well as a series of online workshops, the Open Think Tank Network - Agora (UK), Argo (FR), foraus (CH), Polis180(DE) and Ponto (AT) -  invites the public to address this question in an accessible, engaging and interactive process. We seek to bring together different perspectives, so join us and envision a future for feminist foreign policy!

We will collect your policy proposals until May 15, 2020. The project team will then cluster and evaluate these proposals as a basis for a joint publication to inform and inspire policy makers. You retain the ownership of your idea and will be credited in the publication. The publication will be reviewed by an expert advisory board. 

We generate impact for your ideas by organizing events with policy makers and other stakeholders in different countries, as well as using the communication channels and networks of all partners in this challenge. Use this opportunity to get your voice heard! 

In addition, you can develop your idea into a separate blog or policy paper to be published through any of the partnering think tanks. We welcome your engagement in any capacity. 


Due to the current circumstances because of Covid, all interactive ideation workshops will be held via Zoom. The workshops are open to everyone, regardless of experience or background. If not indicated otherwise, they will be held in English.

Date Organizer Experts Registration 

April 20

18h30-20h30 CET


in German

• Ines Kappert (Head Gunda-Werner Institute) 

• Dr. Joy Asongazoh Alemazung, BMZ (UN Women Germany #HeforShe-Ambassador/Senior Analyst Global Governance Institute Brussels)

• Sarah Louis Montgomery, gender cc – women for climate justice.


Fully booked 

April 21 

16h00-18h00 CET

Ponto • Christina Stummer (Gender Expert for the Austrian Development Agency) here

April 22 

18h00-20h30 CET

foraus Geneva

• Caitlin Kraft-Buchman (CEO women @ the table)

• Gabriella Irsten (Policy & Advocacy Officer, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom)


April 27 



in French

• Delphine O (Ambassador and Secretary General of the UN World Conference on Women)

• Guillaume Gouffier Cha (Member of French Parliament)

• Representative of European Council on Foreign Relations (tbc)

Zoom registration

April 28 

18h00-20h30 CET

foraus St. Gallen • Anoush der Boghossian ((first) Gender Focal Point, World Trade Organization) here

April 29 

18h00-20h30 CET

foraus Zurich

• Daliborka Janković (Human Rights Officer, Swiss Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

• Cecilia Pellosniemi (Women, Peace & Security Specialist at UN Women)


Fully booked 

May 7 

18h00-20h00 London time

Agora • Marissa Conway (Co-Founder and UK Director, Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy)



Advisory Board

Project team

Agora (UK) 

  • Pascal Roelcke (London) 
  • Holly Harwood (London)
  • Anna-Lina Müller (Oxford)
  • Noah Sutter (Oxford)
  • Vinya Mehta (London)
  • Maëlys Bablon (London)
  • Rebecca Wilson (London)
  • Yvonne Reinhardt (London)
  • Kristin Thue (London)
  • Barbara Wachter (London)

Argo (FR)

foraus (CH) 

Polis180 (DE)

  • Lisa Müller-Dormann (Berlin)
  • Sonja Schiffers
  • Emilie Rosier
  • Esther Luigi
  • Kathrin Meyer 
  • Maxi Linde
  • Alina Zermühlen
  • Robert Fischer

Ponto (AT)

  • Ninja Bumann (Vienna) 
  • Mariam Lalaian (Vienna)
  • Mechthild Geyer (Vienna) 
  • Hanna Grininger (Vienna) 
  • Marylia Hushcha (Vienna) 
  • Ronya Alev (Vienna)

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