My Parliament report for a feminist foreign policy has made it clear: There is a lack of women in leadership positions at the European External Action Service (EEAS). 87 percent of senior and 75 percent of middle management positions in the EEAS are filled by men - even though half of the staff is female. EU chief diplomat Josep Borrell promises to push for equality, but his appointments for top posts in the EEAS speak a different language.
So what we need are actions. The EEAS can make a difference, even if the field of foreign policy in general is still male-dominated. It can, for example, adapt recruitment criteria or strengthen the position of its gender advisor. In the Magazine "Politico" I explained where the mistakes in the system lie and which steps are necessary to finally initiate change.