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Hannahs Monthly: How Corona impacts globally, "Women, Peace and Security" & Climate Change Litigation

Corona is going to change the world. Towards more solidarity, or towards isolation and nation-states? I am convinced that this is a global crisis and it needs global answers.
The European Parliament voted this month on a resolution on EU action on COVID19 . Not in Strasbourg - we parliamentarians had to get used to "remote voting". Therefore I could not give a plenary speech, so I just put it online. One point was particularly important to me: our solidarity must not end at the EU's external borders!

The global impact of the pandemic was also the subject of my twitter thread on the aspects that EU foreign policy must not forget. After all, for many people the realities are very different from here in Europe. How is it possible to practice "social distancing" in an overcrowded refugee camp in Syria? What can a gender-sensitive response to the crisis look like? How do human rights defenders fare when they are imprisoned in prisons with disastrous hygiene standards? Answers to this question can be found in my thread.

Was wir auch nicht vergessen dürfen: Sobald es eine Therapie gibt, muss sichergestellt werden, dass die Medikamente gerecht verteilt werden und ärmere Länder nicht leer ausgehen. Deswegen habe ich zusammen mit anderen Parlamentarier*innen einen Brief an die EU-Kommission geschrieben, der genau das fordert.

Webinars: The Protests in Iraq and Feminist Foreign Policy

Since it is no longer possible to organize events, I have moved a large part of my activities online. In fact, this is the easier option as the invited experts are located all over the world. One such case was my webinar on the protests in Iraq - with the Iraqi journalist Steven Nabil (who now lives in the USA), the Iraqi feminist Hanaa Edwar and amnesty expert Sam Dubberley (commutes between Berlin and Istanbul). They discussed, for example, the impact of Corona on Iraq and whether those responsible for the deaths and injuries of many demonstrators will be held accountable. I was particularly impressed by how vividly Hanaa Edwar described the role of women during the protests: "Thousands of women joined the protests, and many even led the demonstrations. This is a historic moment!" - Here you can watch the entire webinar:

Corona wird nicht nur Konflikte weltweit befeuern – das Virus hat auch „im Kleinen“ große Auswirkungen. Zum Beispiel beim Grenzverkehr zwischen Mecklenburg-Vorpommern und Polen. Viele Berufspendler*innen aus dem Nachbarland überqueren täglich die Grenze, um zum Beispiel im Gesundheitsbereich oder der Landwirtschaft zu arbeiten. Das wird durch die auf polnischer Seite beschlossene 14-tägige Quarantänezeit für Staatsbürger*innen, die in das Land zurückkehren, unmöglich gemacht. Mein Appell an Polen lautet: Wir brauchen jetzt schnelle, pragmatische Lösungen statt Komplettabschottung! Denn das Problem ist nicht gelöst.

Is Corona the only thing we can talk about? Of course not! One of the topics of my heart was on the agenda of my second webinar: Feminist Foreign Policy. With Nina Bernarding from the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy and Nicola Popovic, co-founder and co-director of Gender Associations, two proven experts were present. How can we ensure that women are heard more often around the world? What opportunities does a feminist foreign policy offer and what role can the EU play in this? These were just some of the questions we discussed during the interview. Did you miss the webinar? Then you can watch it here.
"Women, Peace and Security" was also the topic of my article for the "PeaceLabBlog". In July Germany will take over the EU Council Presidency - and can thus set priorities. One of these priorities must be the promotion of women and minorities through EU foreign policy! Why? Because they play a crucial role in preventing conflicts, securing peace and - after wars - reconstruction. The Federal Government now has an opportunity that will not return for 13 years. You can read more about how it can use this opportunity in the article!

Climate change is a human rights issue!

David vs Goliath - after such a fight it often looks like citizens are taking legal action on climate change, challenging governments or companies. The Green European Journal interviewed me about the concept of "climate justice" and the prospects of climate change litigation in the EU interviewt. In the interview I also talked about what we Greens in the European Parliament can do to drive change.
Climate change is of course also a human rights issue. It is therefore positive that the European Commission in its "Action Plan for Human Rights and Democracy 2020-2024" clearly establishes the link between the climate crisis and human rights. But the plan also has serious shortcomings, most importantly there is no plan for the implementation of the goals. They often remain no more than a list of desirable projects. For me it is clear that the EU needs a clear framework for its projects in the field of human rights and democracy.


Die Corona-Krise hat jetzt schon Auswirkungen auf Kriege und Konflikte. Umso wichtiger ist es, Rüstungsexporte in Krisenregionen einzudämmen, damit Waffen die Auseinandersetzungen nicht noch weiter anheizen. In meinem nächsten Webinar „Made in Europe, bombed in Yemen“ am 6. Mai wird es daher um dieses Thema gehen. Ihr könnt euch jetzt bereits anmelden – das Webinar ist Teil der Reihe „GrüneEuropaWebinare“.

In Corona times it is easy to forget that many things are not " stopped", things are pushed and projects are realized. A very specific project will be finished next month. What exactly? I won't tell you! Just this much: All new things will be made by May 😉
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