A FEMINIST FOREIGN POLICY IS ESSENTIAL TODAY

Today, during #EPGenderEqualityWeek, the international conference Walking the talk: Feminist Foreign Policy in action is taking place in Brussels, addressing questions such as what can be learned from existing concepts and best practices and how they can be applied to external action European Union?

The purpose of the conference is to offer some views on selected areas of the EU’s external action. On behalf of the Institute, which is also a strategic partner of the event, the director of the May 1st Institute, Jan Škoberne, is taking part in the events in the European capital.

The Walking the talk conference is co-organized by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung office in Brussels and the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS). On their initiative, The Feminist Foreign Policy Progressive Voices Collective (FFPPC) also started working to develop political recommendations for European feminist foreign policy.

The conference program offered 5 panels, each with its own content focus:

Opening panel: Why do we still need a feminist foreign policy? (Re)defining its meaning

Panel I: FFP in times of crisis – make it mandatory rather than a cosmetic fix

Panel II: Applying a feminist lens to the (post-war) recovery and transformation of Ukraine

Panel III: Unraveling hidden gender bias in foreign trade policy

Panel IV: FFP as a vector for sustainable development goals and human rights

Experts Svenja Schulze, German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Ann Linde, former Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Benedicta Lasi, General Secretary of the Socialist International, Heléne Fritzon, European Member of Parliament and Vice-President of the Group of Socialists and Democrats in the European Union participated as guests at the conference. parliament, Inma Rodríguez-Piñero, S&D MEP, English MP Catherine West and Shadow Foreign Secretary for Asia and the Pacific, Arancha Gonzales Laya, former Spanish Foreign Minister and many others.