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

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Ideation | 6 Mar - 30 Apr 2020
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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 5th anniversary 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 tobe 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 online or at any of the workshops below! 

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The process

Using the collaborative online platform Policy Kitchen, as well as a series of workshops across Europe, 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 April 30, 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. 


Date Location
April 20 Berlin
April 22 Geneva
April 23 London
April 27 Paris
April 28 Sankt Gallen
April 29 Zurich

Registration for the other events will open soon and will be announced here. 

Project team

Agora (UK) 

Argo (FR)

foraus (CH) 

Polis180 (DE)

  • Lisa Müller-Dormann (Berlin) 

Ponto (AT)

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

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