Making Foreign Policy Feminist: Hopes and Demands by Feminist Civil Society

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Making Foreign Policy Feminist: Hopes and Demands by Feminist Civil Society

At CFFP, we believe that Feminist Foreign Policy agendas should be set by feminist civil society and activists. Indeed, as we wrote in our Feminist Foreign Policy Manifesto for Germany, while we recognise that “nation-states remain the ultimate duty-bearers in protecting and advancing human rights and equality… feminist civil society continues to be the key driver of social justice, particularly with regards to the protection and advancement of the rights of marginalised groups.”

With that being said, there is still much to be done by governments to ensure the sufficient inclusion and representation of feminist civil society throughout processes of policymaking, implementation, and evaluation. On the 16th of March 2022, we brought together some of the leading figures in the field to think concretely about the ways we can address this and to outline our hopes and demands for the future of Feminist Foreign Policy. During the event, we discussed issues of co-option, transparency and accountability, the challenges of funding, and so much more.

Speakers: Madeleine Rees, Secretary General, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Geetanjali Misra, Co-Founder and Executive Director, CREA Helen Kezie-Nwoha, Executive Director at The Women’s International Peace Centre Memory Kachambwa, Executive Director, The African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET) Beatrice Fihn, Executive Director, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)

Moderation by Kristina Lunz, Co-Founder & Co-Executive Director of CFFP.

This event is part of Summit Season – a full calendar of events organised by the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy (CFFP) and its partners, leading up to the first ever Feminist Foreign Policy Summit on the 13th of April 2022. In partnership with the governments of Canada, Sweden, Mexico, and Switzerland, over 15 leading civil society organisations and the Open Society Foundation, the Summit will constitute an opportunity to bring together the leading thinkers and practitioners in the field of Feminist Foreign Policy to support the exchange of best practices, knowledge, and expertise, and to take a stand against global inequality and exclusion.

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