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 - and everywhere else.”

#SHEcurity index launch 2nd edition - Register now!

#SHEcurity: Online event for the launch of the 2nd edition

The #SHEcurity initiative was launched in 2020 to mark the 20th anniversary of UN Resolution 1325 on "Women, Peace and Security". The new edition will be published on 26 October - register now for the online launch event!
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Afghanistan: We need tens of thousands of places in resettlement programmes! My plenary speech

The EU betrays the foundations on which its foreign policy stands: the trust of the local partners and the commitment to human rights. You can read more about my plenary speech in this article.
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MEPs discuss women's rights in Afghanistan

Since the Taliban took over, the situation for women and girls in Afghanistan has been steadily deteriorating. Europe must finally take responsibility. More on this in my speech in the Human Rights Committee:
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2 years in the European Parliament - looking back

It's been 2 years since I took my seat in the European Parliament - a lot of things have happened and I was able to celebrate many successes. A review of the past 12 months:
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Peace needs women. More and fast. Update: #SHEcurity Index 2020 – and 2021

The #SHEcurity campaign will continue this year - with an update of the #SHEcurity index! Read more about it here.
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Parliamentarians for Global Action: Stop Violence Against Women Parliamentarians

Democracy is in decline globally. Women parliamentarians are particularly affected by this and are increasingly becoming the target of attacks. The new PARRT initiative, to which I am a member, can intervene quickly when women parliamentarians are in danger.
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#SofaGate - When chairs remain reserved for men

It could have turned out so much better if von der Leyen had been offered a chair at the high-level delegation meeting in Turkey. Instead, she was forced to take a seat on the sofa. My comments regarding the diplomatic scandal:
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Feminist Foreign Policy

Now published: Greens/EFA Paper on Feminist Foreign Policy

The EU needs a Feminist Foreign Policy - after all, more diversity leads to better decisions! But how do we get there? At Greens/EFA, we have now published our position on this very issue.
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Die internationale Diplomatie muss weiblicher werden! Mein Interview im Spiegel

18% der deutschen Botschafter*innen im Ausland sind Frauen, eine Außenministerin gab es bisher nicht. Im Militär sind nur 12% des Personals weiblich. Und in den meisten EU-Ländern sieht es nicht viel besser aus. Darüber habe ich im Spiegel gesprochen.
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My wins in two EP Annual Reports on the Common Foreign, Security and Defence Policy

More women in leadership positions of CSDP missions, mandatory trainings on UN Security Council Resolution 1325, a deadline for the goal of 50% women in leadership positions at EEAS ... I'm proud of the Green and feminist demands we pushed through in two annual reports on the EU's Common Foreign, Security and Defence Policy that were voted on in plenary this week.
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More women in Foreign and Security Policy! The Commission published its action plan for 2020-2025

The Commission has published its Action Plan on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment in External Relations 2020–2025 (GAP III)! This is an important step for more women in foreign and security policy. Read more here
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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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