Germany Has a New Feminist Foreign Policy. What Does It Mean in Practice?

Sharing core norms and values
Mar 16, 2023 | Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock has launched new Feminist Foreign Policy guidelines that seek to make gender equality and women’s rights central objectives of Germany’s external relations. In parallel, Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Svenja Schulze, also announced a new strategy on feminist development assistance. Germany thereby joins a growing group of liberal democracies that have adopted feminist foreign policies in recent years. In her article for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Saskia Brechenmacher suggests that this new feminist approach to foreign policy will center human security over state and national security, and focus on dismantling the global economic and political structures that reproduce gender inequality as well as other forms of exclusion, discrimination, and injustice.

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