Women & Peace

Experience shows that peace agreements stand the test of time when women are involved in key positions. In this area, the EU lags behind: women make up only a small proportion of the staff of EU missions abroad and EU delegations.

Our foreign policy also takes too little account of the important role played by women. I want to change that: in the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) and the Subcommittee on Security and Defence (SEDE), I am a strong advocate for the appointment of more women to leading positions and a European foreign policy which attaches the same importance to every individual.

“Women should sit at the negotiating tables -

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Feministische Außenpolitik – „Wir müssen die Muster von guten Strategien und langsamem Erfolg durchbrechen“.

The EU has developed many good plans and strategies for gender equality and women's rights in its foreign and security policy. But reality is lagging behind.
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More women, more peace: opportunities and possibilities at EU level

In July, Germany will take over the Presidency of the EU Council - this offers a unique opportunity to promote the topic of "Women, Peace and Security" at EU level. The Federal Government should use this opportunity: I have listed some possibilities in my article for the...
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Women to the negotiation tables! My webinar on feminist foreign policy in the EU

Women to the negotiating tables! When women are involved, peace talks fail less often and peace treaties last longer. Women also play a decisive role in conflict prevention, peacekeeping and reconstruction.
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Feminist foreign policy on FM 90.2

On our local radio station LOHRO I spoke with Tim Fischer about my work in the European Parliament and my ideas for a feminist foreign policy. The main question that came up was about what a more feminist foreign policy actually mean in practice.
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#FreeLujainNow! Today Saudi women's rights activist Lujain al-Hathloul goes on trial

She has fought for an end to male guardianship and courageously resisted the ban on driving for women: Saudi women's rights activist Lujain al-Hathloul. In March 2018 she was kidnapped in the United Arab Emirates and put in prison in Saudi Arabia, where she was also tortured.
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Foreign policy must become more feminist! - Article on International Women's Day 2020

3.8 billion. This many women and girls there are in the world. And how many countries will achieve equality by 2030? Not one.
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The Munich Security Conference - we need "restlessness" on the issues of climate and feminism!

Every year, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) attracts the world' s leading diplomatic, military and political figures to the state capital. As an MEP I was there for the first time - and as a woman in the minority.
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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.
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Activists need protection: How women face repressions for fighting for our planet

Women human rights defenders (WHRDs) safeguarding environmental rights are a fundamental pillar in the protection of their communities and natural resources for future generations. However, today they are confronted with an unprecedented scale of persecution and repression. This Tuesday, in cooperation with ProtectDefenders.eu and MEP María Soraya Rodríguez Ramos (Renew) I hosted a conference on this issue at the European Parliament...
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Women to the negotiating tables!

As many women as men! What Ursula von der Leyen wants to achieve for the EU Commission is still being skilfully ignored at other levels. Take the European External Action Service (EEAS), for example: of our 47 embassies, only 11 are run by women. We at Greens/EFA are demanding 50% women by 2024, and we have communicated this to Mrs. Mogherini by letter. Because women belong at the negotiating table!
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Urgency Resolution: Support women's rights activists in Iran!

If human rights are disregarded elsewhere, we cannot remain silent here! On International Women's Day, March 8, Iranian women took off their headscarves in the subway in Tehran and distributed flowers. This was a peaceful and courageous protest against the compulsory wearing of headscarves. The Iranian regime reacted with hard prison sentences. As human
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Peace is feminine: women in security policy

Peace is feminine? Duden says: No! Research says: Yes! Scientific studies have been showing for years that peace processes are significantly more successful the more women are involved in decisive positions. Nevertheless, we as the EU send almost only men on our joint security and defence missions (CSDP missions)
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