We are thrilled to invite you to the launch of Disrupted's second issue!
Join us for an evening of celebration and the exclusive opportunity to get your hands on this issue before it goes on sale to the public on the 6th of July!
Our second printed journal includes articles on:
‘Taking an Ethical Stand’: Moral Principles and Colonial Logics in Feminist Foreign Policy
Lesbian thinking and global structures: the voices of the South shaking the system
Body Politics in Development
The Future of Feminist Foreign Policy: Towards a More Inclusive Understanding of Women's' (and Men’s') Security
We'll be hosting performance artists, mini fun fair games, including a special raffle, and a CFFP bake sale! You'll have the chance to grab exclusive CFFP merch and check out the art from the latest Disrupted issue.
We're so excited to be able to celebrate CFFP's continued success with all of you, make sure to book quickly so you don't miss out!
Tickets on sale now - grab early bird tickets for a discounted price until 22 June!
We are thrilled to invite you to the launch of Disrupted's second issue!
Join the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy for a workshop at the Rethinking Security National Conference in London!
The last few years has seen an expansion of feminism into mainstream thinking, through social media to music and television, feminism has become more integrated into our daily lives. The Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy looks to ask how much feminism is reflected in modern foreign policy and security thinking, if at all. Join us for an exciting workshop which will explore the basics of feminist theory in conflict and security, asking why feminist policy matters and what the most important criteria is for a feminist foreign policy. We will also be applying feminist thinking to a practical case study, and examine international nuclear disarmament. The workshop will be run by Marissa Conway, Director and Co-founder of CFFP, Emily Webster, CFFP Events Co-ordinator, and Nina Pedersen, CFFP Policy Coordinator.
The Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy and Women in Foreign Policy are hosting our June career advice dinner (as a brunch!) with Marsha Henry, Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the Centre for Women, Peace, and Security at LSE! This brunch will be particularly suited for people who are looking for advice on careers in academia and development.
Marsha is Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security. She joined LSE in July 2009, having previously taught at University of Bristol, University of British Columbia, Canada, the Open University and Warwick University.
Dr Henry's research interests focus on gender and development, gender and militarisation, and qualitative methodologies. Over the past 12 years, her research interests have been concentrated on documenting the social experiences of living and working in peacekeeping missions. Her recent research focusses on peacekeepers from the Global South.
Tickets are £15 and include food. In order to ensure an intimate event, we are only offering thirteen tickets to this brunch. All tickets must be purchased ahead of the brunch.
The Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy, in cooperation with the British American Security Information Council (BASIC) and Chatham House, are hosting a breakfast meeting on gender in international affairs. This breakfast is a second of a series of quarterly meetings that will bring together experts and practitioners from the international affairs community to discuss how to better utilise the gender framework in the field of international relations. The event is part of an effort to collaboratively improve gender awareness and equality within organisational cultures and to develop better understandings of how a gendered lens can inform research practices and strengthen analytical work.
Please note this event is invitation only.
CFFP panel discussions are back! This May we are collaborating with UCL to dive into feminist foreign policy. This event's focus? Disarmament, diplomacy, and decolonization.
There is so much momentum behind feminist foreign policy as an idea, but what does this look like in practice? Using disarmament as a springboard, we will imagine how diplomacy is done differently when disarmament is taken seriously by state actors, and how this process asks us to more closely scrutinize colonial legacies.
At the end of the panel discussion, there will be time for a Q&A with the audience followed by drinks in the foyer. Stick around to chat with the CFFP team and each other - we are all doing extraordinary work, and you never know what collaborations can come out of a single conversation!
The event is free but please register through Eventbrite.
Chaired by Prof. Corneliu Bjola and co-hosted by the Oxford Department for International Development, our co-founders Kristina Lunz and Marissa Conway will talk about feminist foreign policy and their work with CFFP.
This event is open only to students on the MSc Global Governance and Diplomacy course.
Join St Cross alumna Kristina Lunz (MSc Global Governance and Diplomacy, 2014), co-founder and Germany Director of CFFP, for a panel discussion on diplomacy, feminist foreign policy, and social entrepreneurship. Joining her will be CFFP co-founder and UK Director Marissa Conway, and Dr Jennifer Cassidy, Editor of "Gender and Diplomacy" (Routledge, 2017) and Lecturer in International Relations, University of Oxford (St Peter’s College).
The event is free but please register through Eventbrite.
The Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy and Women in Foreign Policy are hosting our May career dinner with Lucy Wake!
This dinner will be particularly suited for people who are looking for a career in the NGO sector or human rights advocacy.
Please join the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy and Women in Foreign Policy to meet Baroness Alison Suttie for an evening of career advice!
Baroness Suttie has been a member of the House of Lords since October 2013 and is currently Northern Ireland Spokesperson for the Party in the House of Lords.
Working in both the House of Commons and the European Parliament, including having been Press Secretary to the President of the European Parliament, Pat Cox MEP (2002-2004), for over ten years, she has extensive experience of parliamentary processes in both London and Brussels.
Having worked as Deputy Chief of Staff to Nick Clegg from June 2010 to October 2011, during his period as Deputy Prime Minister, she also has first-hand experience of both Whitehall and Downing Street.
Since 2011 she has been working as an adviser, mentor and trainer in the parliaments of Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, and Tunisia as well as being engaged in advocacy and youth engagement projects in North Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
She sits on the House of Lords EU Select Committee and the EU Sub-Committee on External Relations which are currently dealing with issues relating to Brexit.
This event will be particularly suited for people who are looking for a career in politics in order to influence foreign policy, leadership development, or political consulting.
Event will be held in Central London. Details on tickets to come, watch this space.
Please join the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy and Women in Foreign Policy to meet Vidhya Ramalingham, Founder of Moonshot CVE, for an evening of career advice!
Vidhya has vast experience working to combat anti-minority violence, far-right extremism, and terrorism. She is the founder of Moonshot CVE, a startup that develops innovative ways of combating violent extremism. This is achieved by applying startup thinking to the field of countering violent extremism through the use of data, science techniques, creativity and an appetite for risk-taking. Vidhya’s vision is underpinned by a range of experience engaging with extremists, building new partnerships with activists, and advancing policy design.
Previously, Vidhya was Senior Fellow at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), where she set up and ran the international program on Far-Right Extremism and Intolerance. From 2012-2014, she led the EU’s capacity building program on far-right terrorism, the Far-Right Extremism in Europe Initiative (FREE Initiative), working with over 300 practitioners across 10 countries. She holds various roles including Commissioning Panelist for the UK Security and Intelligence Agencies and ESRC, Faculty Associate at the University of Oxford, and Fellow at the German Institute on Radicalisation and Deradicalisation Studies (GIRDS). She sits on the Advisory Board of Life After Hate and Tell MAMA (Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks).
This dinner will be particularly suited for people who are looking to specialise in combating far-right extremism and terrorism or those interested in working for a startup.
Tickets are £15 and include a light dinner. You will be responsible for purchasing any drinks the evening of. In order to ensure an intimate evening, we are only offering thirteen tickets to this dinner, five of which are sold at concession prices, for students or workers on low wages. All tickets must be purchased ahead of the dinner.
The Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy and Women in Foreign Policy are hosting their first networking dinner of 2018 with Christina Bache, independent foreign policy consultant on 48-hour stopover in London from Turkey.
This dinner will be particularly suited for people who identify as women and who have children as we are planning to discuss the specific challenges of being a PhD candidate/having a career in foreign policy and being a mother.
Tickets will go on sale 2 January.
Christina Bache is currently working on a book on the impact of the "Private Sector on Peace and Security in the Middle East North Africa". She holds a PhD from the University of Warwick. She is also co-founder of our sister organisation Women in Foreign Policy Turkey
Christina is Co-Chair of the International Crisis Group's Ambassador Council and is a member of the United Nations Business for Peace/Principles for Responsible Management Education working group. She is an Advisory Council Member for the Livelihood Innovation through Food Entrepreneurship initiative and is a member of Co-Opinion Network's study group on youth employment in MENA; Hollings Center's dialogue groups on Profits to Peace, Iraq’s Foreign Policy and Economic Challenges and U.S.-Egypt Relations; International Studies Association; European Consortium for Political Research.
Learn more about Christina's work here.
The ticket price includes a starter and a main. In order to ensure an intimate evening, we are only offering seven tickets to this dinner, two of which are sold at concession prices, for students or workers on low wages. All tickets must be purchased ahead of the dinner.
The Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy, in cooperation with the British American Security Information Council (BASIC) and Chatham House, are hosting a breakfast meeting on gender in international affairs. This breakfast is a first of a series of quarterly meetings that will bring together experts and practitioners from the international affairs community to discuss how to better utilise the gender framework in the field of international relations. The event is part of an effort to collaboratively improve gender awareness and equality within organisational cultures and to develop better understandings of how a gendered lens can inform research practices and strengthen analytical work.
Please note this event is invitation only.
How time flies! Our one year anniversary is around the corner on the 5th of December, and oh do we have exciting things brewing for you. To celebrate, we're launching our biannual print journal, a membership program, and are rebranding from Feminist Foreign Policy to the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy! Come join us for an evening of celebration with a fantastic set of speakers, a raffle with some pretty amazing prizes, first access to official CFFP merch, and the exclusive opportunity to get your hands on our first print journal before it goes on sale to the public on the 5th of December.
Buy tickets here.
Women in Foreign Policy and Feminist Foreign Policy are hosting a networking dinner with Zarina Khan at Cote Brasserie in Soho!
This evening will give young professionals the opportunity to speak with Zarina about a variety of topics, including how to find your voice as a female professional or the current state of women's rights in development.
A bit about Zarina:
Zarina joined GAPS (Gender Action for Peace and Security) as a Director in 2017. She previously worked at the International Rescue Committee UK as the Women’s Protection and Empowerment Policy Adviser, leading policy and advocacy on women’s protection from gender-based violence in humanitarian settings. She has also held positions at Saferworld, Womankind Worldwide, and Amnesty International, working on gender, peace and security; women’s rights and development; women’s participation in peacebuilding; and violence against women and girls.
Tickets Available through Eventbrite now.
The ticket price includes a starter and a main meal. In order to ensure an intimate evening, we are only offering seven tickets to this dinner, two of which are sold at concession prices, for professionals on lower wages. All tickets must be purchased ahead of the dinner.
Tickets on sale 1 October. More event details here.
"Contemporary challenges to international peace and security look very different from those faced by the international community at the turn of the millennium. This implies that new issues and dilemmas must also be addressed and integrated into the Women, Peace and Security Agenda." -Torunn Tryggestad
The women, peace, and security (WPS) agenda, rooted in UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000), created a rhetorical and normative shift toward gender equality in international policy and has since become a cornerstone of the conflict prevention and post-conflict resolution processes. Though it is revolutionary in many ways, it remains limited in scope, and a focus on gender equality in international relations shouldn’t be bound solely by this approach.
Join us for a panel discussion exploring how we can piggyback off of and push beyond women, peace, and security. We'll explore the following questions:
-What is on the WPS agenda, and how is it limited in its framework?
-Does the inclusion of women in peace processes grant any power to transform and engage unequal structures or does it only legitimize them?
-Who are the women representing other women in such processes, and how can that be problematic?
-How do we transform peace processes as they are with gendered dynamics in mind?
-What lies beyond the WPS agenda?
For those new to the WPS agenda, we recommend the following reads:
1. United Nations Peacekeeping - Women, peace, and security
2. Cohn, Kinsella, Gibbings - Women, Peace, and Security Resolution 1325
3. UN Women - Women at the forefront of peacebuilding
Tickets will go on sale 1 September. Event details here.
"There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives." - Audre Lorde
Kimberlé Crenshaw put a name to a movement when she first coined the term intersectionality. This idea helps to shed light on the overlap between various forms of oppression, which do not operate in isolation, but rather work to enforce one another.
Political systems are built to maintain hierarchies and reinforce specific power dynamics which inevitably create and maintain institutional violence. So how can intersectionality help to dismantle the UK's politics-as-usual - a politics which prioritizes the voices of an elite few? How can policy be crafted in such a way that seeks to address systemic biases? What light can intersectionality shed on political power?
We are pulling together a fascinating group of speakers, both from academia and NGOs, who will speak to the questions above and share their insight as to how we can use intersectionality to disrupt politics-as-usual. Speakers to be announced shortly!
For those new to the idea of intersectionality, we recommend the following reads:
1. Crenshaw - Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory, and Antiracist Politics
2. Crenshaw - Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color
3. Crenshaw - Why Intersectionality Can't Wait
Women in Foreign Policy and Feminist Foreign Policy are hosting their fourth summer dinner with Nicola Kelly on 31 August at Cote Brasserie in Soho.
Nicola Kelly is a freelance foreign correspondent and communications specialist. You might have heard her reporting in Myanmar, Armenia and Egypt on the BBC. She previously worked for the Foreign Office. Nicola will join us for dinner from a reporting trip in Zanzibar.
-- TICKET GO ON SALE 10 AUGUST -- The ticket price includes a starter and a main. In order to ensure an intimate evening, we are only offering seven tickets to this dinner, two of which are sold at concession prices. All tickets must be purchased ahead of the dinner.
Learn more about Nicola's work here, and purchase tickets here.
Join us Wednesday 26 July with Monica Allen, Director of Strategy at Breakthrough Media and former Special Adviser to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on defense, foreign affairs, and international development. She will discuss her career on both sides of the Atlantic as well as the specifics of being a special adviser and the challenges of mapping out a career after working in government.
Join us Thursday 20 July with Aisha Gani, Senior Reporter at BuzzFeed News, covering Muslim life in the UK. She also reports on human rights abuses, particularly in relation to British arms deals in the Gulf. Most recently, Aisha has produced several groundbreaking articles about the Grenfell Tower Community, the Finsbury Park attack, and the challenges faced by Asian Muslim women in UK politics. We encourage young journalists to come to dinner with Aisha and learn about her experience covering Muslim life in the UK.
WIFP and FFP are joining forces to explore how hegemonic ideas about masculinity shape nuclear policy.
Dr Catherine Eschle from the University of Strathclyde
Nina Pedersen, formerly of BASIC
Paulina Izewicz from the International Institute of Strategic Studies
Alexandra Dzero from Project Alpha at King's College London
Enjoy the chance to meet and build new professional relationships with other individuals in the field of politics, gender studies, and foreign policy.
Join the FFP team in the heart of London for after work drinks, nibbles, and stimulating conversation!