Women Leaders in a Man’s World: A Glimpse into Australia’s Foreign Policy Under Gillard - Part I

Women make the world a better place for other women. Or do they? Some maintain that a woman in the top job will mean a brighter future for fellow women. However, we cannot even accept at face value the assumption that women leaders are good for women. This two-part series explores the case of Julia Gillard, Australia’s first and thus far only female Prime Minister (from 2010-2013), regarding the issue of women’s rights in her domestic and foreign policy agenda. Vijeyarasa discusses.

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Deutschlands Aufgabe im Sicherheitsrat: Eine feministische Außenpolitik für die UN

Deutschland sollte von Schweden lernen und die UN-Agenda 1325 "Frauen, Frieden und Sicherheit" zum leitenden Prinzip seiner Sicherheitsratspolitik machen. Um interne Kapazitäten zu stärken, könnte das Auswärtige Amt ein "Unterreferat 1325" einrichten und eigene Verantwortliche für die Agenda 1325 bei der Ständigen Vertretung in New York sowie im Berliner Arbeitsstab zur Mitgliedschaft im Sicherheitsrat benennen. Available only in German.

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St Cross Talk: The Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy

On May 8th 2018, the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy brought together several panelists for a lively discussion on feminist foreign policy and diplomacy at St. Cross College, University of Oxford. With CFFP co-founder Kristina Lunz moderating, the panelists - Marissa Conway, Jennifer Cassidy and Sharinee Jagtiani -  explored the evolution of feminist foreign policy, ethnocentrism in IR thought and the fight to ‘decolonise’ foreign policy – starting with the reading lists.

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Feminist Foreign Policy: Disarmament, Diplomacy & Decolonization

On May 10th 2018, the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy, in collaboration with University College London, organized a panel discussion on disarmament, diplomacy, and decolonization. With CFFP co-founder Kristina Lunz moderating, the panelists - Alice Musabende, Sebastian Brixey-Williams, Cristina Varriale, and Zarina Khan - tackled a range of challenges: from defining the ever evolving concept of feminist foreign policy to implementing such a policy at a practical level.

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Breakfast with Colleagues: Where Foreign Policy and Feminism meet

On 14 May 2018, the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy invited 25 national and international policymakers to its first Breakfast with Colleagues. Representatives from the Swedish, Finnish and Canadian Embassies, activists, representatives of aid and development agencies, human rights advocates and representatives of foundations discussed different paths toward a more inclusive and feminist foreign policy. Available in German; summary in English.

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Schwedens undiplomatische Diplomatie im Sicherheitsrat

For a little over a year, Sweden has been a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. Since its election in January 2017, the country has been using this prominent position to actively pursue the feminist foreign policy put forth by foreign minister Margot Wallström. Despite criticism from traditional foreign policy makers, Sweden insists that its feminist foreign policy is not only smart, but also the right thing to do. The country’s unapologetic advocacy for gender equity has undoubtedly sparked increased international debate about the topic and Sweden is contributing to making international security policy more inclusive. Becker and Lunz discuss. Available only in German.

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