United States – Feminist Foreign Policy
Historic legislation calling for a Feminist Foreign Policy introduced in U.S. congress
Coalition for a Feminist Foreign Policy in the United States
Sep 23, 2020 – Today, 23 members of Congress – led by Congresswomen Speier, Lee and Frankel – introduced historic legislation calling for a feminist foreign policy in the United States.
“A feminist approach to foreign policy demands that we reject oppressive policies and elevate tools to promote peace by prioritizing racial and environmental justice, human rights, and gender equity. Doing so will require a whole of government approach, including a commitment to diversity and gender parity in hiring and promotion in the national security and foreign policy sectors, adoption of zero-tolerance policies toward gender-based violence and workplace harassment, and access to reproductive health care,” said Rep. Speier, Co-Chair of the Democratic Women’s Caucus, upon introduction. “We know that our world is more peaceful and prosperous when women have the tools to succeed and be equal members of society. A feminist foreign policy will bring us closer to that goal.”
Crafting a feminist foreign policy—together
Envisioning a feminist foreign policy agenda
Jan 5, 2020 – A group of advocates and experts, including Oxfam, convened last summer to imagine what a feminist foreign policy for the US might look like. Led by staff of the International Center for Research on Women, we crafted a “discussion draft” called Toward a Feminist Foreign Policy in the United States. We are now releasing it for comment, criticism, and improvement. Will you take a few minutes and read it?
Toward a Feminist Foreign Policy in the United States
Washington, DC: International Center for Research on Women
Publication Rights: Clement, R. and Thompson, L. (2019).
Oct, 2019 – With the launch of Sweden’s Feminist Foreign Policy in 2014, Canada’s Feminist Foreign Assistance Policy in 2017 and France’s Feminist Foreign Policy in 2019, a group of Washington-based foreign policy experts and advocates for global gender equality came together over the course of three days in August of 2019 to sketch out what such an effort might look like for the United States. The group’s discussion built off of a research review of feminist foreign policy as expressed by other countries, as well as ideas surfaced from consultations with more than 100 feminist activists from over 30 countries. The experts gathered discussed policy ideas in the following areas: diplomacy, defense, foreign assistance and trade, as well as in the cross-cutting issue areas of climate change and sexual and reproductive health and rights.
> Discussion Draft