Feminist Foreign Policy (FFP) has gained an important role in political discourse in recent years. Much more than a rhetorical gesture, this political approach has shown great potential for reducing global inequalities by shifting the focus to well-being and including the most marginalized voices. At the European level, although several EU Member States have adopted the FFP, the European Union still needs a more ambitious approach to fundamentally transform the concept and practice of its foreign policy.

Over the next year, both our partners, FEPS and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, supported by an active network of dedicated partners, will question traditional approaches to foreign policy in order to enable an alternative presentation of foreign relations from the point of view of the most neglected.

All participants will start activities within this project on October 23, 2023, at the conference entitled ‘Walking the Talk: Feminist Foreign Policy in Action’ in Brussels. The event will be attended by Svenja Schulze, German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Ann Linde, former Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Benedicta Lasi, Secretary General of the Socialist International, Heléne Fritzon, MEP and Vice-President of the Group of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, Inma Rodríguez-Piñero, S&D MEP, Catherine West MEP and Shadow Foreign Secretary for Asia and the Pacific, Arancha Gonzales Laya, former Spanish Foreign Minister and many others.

Participants will touch on questions such as what can be learned from existing concepts and best practices and how can they be applied to the EU’s external action? The purpose of this conference is to offer some perspectives on selected areas of EU external action.

This conference will be a representative launch event for the development of policy recommendations for a European feminist foreign policy.