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This is the second event in the In Focus Series: A Feminist EU in the World? During this event Hannah Neumann, MEP, Roberta Guerrina and Michelle Pace will explore what a Feminist Foreign Policy for the EU could or should look like, reflect upon how current developments in EU foreign and security policy speak to the idea of a Feminist Foreign Policy and discuss its potentials and pitfalls.

Event details of A feminist foreign policy for the European Union?
Date 2 February 2021
Time 14:00 -15:00

Some EU member states – such as Sweden or France – have declared to pursue a Feminist Foreign Policy. In June 2020, the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy released a report, commissioned by the Greens/EFA in the European Parliament, in which it argued for “A Feminist Foreign Policy for the European Union”. Among other things, such a Feminist Foreign Policy calls for a feminist political economy – denouncing unjust effects of neo-liberal policies –, disarmament, reversing militarisation, and prioritising human security and the climate crisis. These demands appear to be – at least – in tension with some of the EU’s recent policy proposals and practices such as in migration or security and defence.  

During this event Hannah Neumann, MEP, Roberta Guerrina and Michelle Pace will explore what a Feminist Foreign Policy for the EU could or should look like, reflect upon how current developments in EU foreign and security policy speak to the idea of a Feminist Foreign Policy and discuss its potentials and pitfalls.

Chair: Hanna L. Muehlenhoff

About the speakers

Hannah Neumann, Member of the European Parliament for the Greens/EFA, is rapporteur on the opinion of the report ‘A Feminist Foreign Policy for the European Union’. She is Vice-Chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI) and Member of the Subcommittee on Security and Defence (SEDE) in the European Parliament. She recently launched the #SHEcurity campaign. 

Roberta Guerrina is Professor of Politics and Director of the Gender Research Centre at University of Bristol. She is an expert in EU gender politics and policies. She is interested in understanding the impact of gender (hierarchies) on key policy areas traditionally seen as gender neutral, such as Brexit, Security and Defence. Currently, she is working on the unintended gender consequences of the UK's withdrawal from the EU. She has published in the area of Brexit;  Women, Peace & Security; work-life balance; Identity politics and the idea of Europe.

Michelle Pace is Professor in Global Studies at the Department of Social Sciences and Business at Roskilde University, Denmark. Her research interests include EU-Middle East relations, migration studies, emotions in international relations, human rights and identity politics. She is currently Danish Lead Partner on the SIRIUS EU H2020 project (on Skills and Integration of Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Applicants in European Labour Markets, 2018- 2021, as well as on the EU-Middle East Network in Action (EUMENIA), a Jean Monnet Network.

About the series

This series Gender and Sexuality in European (Geo)politics brings together practitioners and scholars from different disciplines engaging both in conceptual and theoretical debates around feminist and intersectional theory, as well as discussing concrete policy debates linked to the role of gender, sexuality and intersectionality. The events will focus on topics including: projections of (racialized) femininities and masculinities in European identity, discourses and practices; gender and populism in Europe; gender and race in migration policy; gender equality in the EU, and the theory and practice of feminist foreign policy in the European context.

In Focus: A Feminist EU in the World

This ‘In Focus’  subseries zooms in on the European Union’s ambitions to become a feminist or gender actor in the world. The world faces increasing levels of poverty and inequality, rising militarism, protracted conflicts, and a pressing climate crisis. Women are affected disproportionately by these harms, while their involvement in decision-making processes to overcome these problems is marginalized at best. In fact, recent years have seen a massive encroachment on the rights of women, and marginalized groups, as well as backlash against feminist, human rights and climate justice activism. Feminist activists, scholars and policy-makers have long argued that there can be no peace and that these challenges cannot and should not be tackled without an intersectional feminist approach. In this series, we discuss such a feminist approach in relation to the EU’s external action.       

Series coordinators:

Pola Cebulak: Humanities Faculty, Department of European Studies and Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational and European Studies

Hanna L. Muehlenhoff: Humanities Faculty, Department of European Studies and Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational and European Studies

Lara Talsma: Law Faculty, Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL) and the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG)