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.

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Women to the negotiating tables!

More women in Foreign and Security Policy! The Commission published their action plan for 2020-2025

Die Kommission hat ihren Aktionsplan zur Gleichstellung der Geschlechter und zur Stärkung der Rolle der Frau in den Außenbeziehungen 2020-2025 (GAP III) veröffentlicht! Dies ist ein wichtiger Schritt für mehr Frauen in der Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik. Hier erfahrt ihr mehr
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#SHEcurity: Peace needs women. More and fast.

My #SHEcurity campaign started last week. On Instagram and Twitter, we raise awareness about the many women who inspire us in foreign and security policy. The #SHEcurity Index asks the question: How far have we come and how long will it take to reach parity?
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My report for a feminist EU foreign policy has been adopted in plenary!

My report for a feminist EU foreign policy was adopted in Parliament. You can watch my plenary speech and find out exactly what the report is about here.
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These women are the giants on whose shoulders we stand on today – My opinion piece for the Böll Foundation’s dossier „No Women – No Peace“

This month, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of UN Resolution 1325 on "Women, Peace and Security"! On this occasion, I have written an opinion piece for the Heinrich Böll Foundation's dossier.
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The situation of women rights’ defenders in Saudi Arabia- written question

Here you can read my written question regarding the situation of women rights' defenders in Saudi Arabia and the commissions answer.
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For a feminist foreign policy of the EU - My comment in the IP

Women are still in short supply in foreign and security policy, especially in management positions. In a commentary for the magazine "Internationale Politik" I wrote about the urgency of a feminist EU foreign policy.
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Study „A Feminist Foreign Policy for the EU“ – Read it now!

But where does the EU stand when it comes to gender equality in its Foreign and Security Policy? Where and how can it improve? Together with my colleague Ernest Urtasun, I commissioned a study with the Centre for Feminist Foreign policy on exactly this topic. The result: there is a lot of room for improvement, and:
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Report for a feminist foreign policy clears important hurdle

Yesterday was the big day: The European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET Committee) adopted the draft opinion on the report "Gender Equality in the EU's Foreign and Security Policy".
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My report on feminist foreign policy is making waves in Brussels

Seit Ende letzten Jahres arbeiten mein Büro und ich an einem Bericht zur Geschlechtergleichheit in der europäischen Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik. Nach einem langen Prozess mit viel Recherchearbeit, Gesprächen mit Expert*innen und NGOs und politischen Abstimmungsprozessen gibt es nun einen Entwurf.
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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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