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Women to the negotiating tables

Launch of the report for a feminist EU foreign policy

The perspectives and needs of women and other political minorities are often excluded from foreign and security policy processes and international negotiating tables. This also applies to the EU's foreign policy. The institutional representation of women and other political minorities, especially in leadership and key positions, remains disproportionately low.

This year I am one of the two rapporteurs* responsible for the report "Gender Equality in the EU's Foreign and Security Policy". The report is adopted jointly by the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) and the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET). Together with my Green, Spanish colleague Ernest Urtasun, I aim to promote a feminist EU foreign and security policy.

In order to make the report as meaningful and comprehensive as possible, we would like to include as many different experiences and perspectives as possible in order to ultimately make the EU's foreign and security policy more comprehensive and balanced. For this reason, in cooperation with the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy (CFFP), the Heinrich Böll Foundation and Women in International Security (WIIS) Brussels, we have invited experts* from a wide range of organisations and associations who are already actively engaged in a feminist foreign policy.

On this Monday, we came together for a constructive and productive meeting, where we were able to benefit from the expertise of our guests. Further follow-up events will soon help us to carefully incorporate our newly gained insights into the report, which must be submitted by 20th of March. On 27 May the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) will then vote on the report.

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