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Feminist Foreign Policy June 2024

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The International Day of Women in Diplomacy, celebrated annually on June 24, as declared by the United Nations General Assembly during its 76th session, stands as a global testament to the invaluable contributions of women in the diplomatic arena. This day is dedicated to honoring the achievements of women diplomats, acknowledging their resilience in overcoming challenges, and advancing the cause of gender equality within diplomacy.

In recognition of this significant day, IMPRI Impact and Policy Research Institute, New Delhi in collaboration with The Asia Foundation, India is organizing an Online International Summer School Program that will span over three-day immersive online certificate training symposium titled “Feminist Foreign Policy (FFP): Past, Present, and Future.” This event aims to bridge gaps in understanding and implementing Feminist Foreign Policy by providing an in-depth exploration of its concepts and practical applications.

At the 1st day of the Symposium, the experts raised pertinent issues revolving around Feminist Foreign Policy that has started to gain ground in South Asia after establishing a concrete narrative and action in some countries of the world. 

Ms Nandita Baruah, during her address on the International Day of Women in Diplomacy on June 24, 2024, astutely remarked A “Feminist Foreign Policy” (FFP) approach is required to unpack the perceived demarcation between “hard” and “soft,” issues in foreign policy and engage across issues and sectors from a position of equity and inclusion. In South Asia, we need to take note of our domestic wins and progress on gender equity and ensure that they resonate in our foreign policy engagement, while we continue to expand our efforts on equity and inclusion at home. Dr Simi Mehta, CEO and Editorial Director of IMPRI said that 24th June is a milestone in the global quest for equality and equity. The Chair of the program Prof Vibhuti Patel mentioned that the time is ripe to implement an FFP in India.

The inaugural address was delivered by Ms Stephenie Foster who is a recognized voice in women’s leadership and gender equality, with a proven track record as a strategist, organizational leader, and connector.  Her insights and leadership have been instrumental in advancing gender inclusion and equity in various spheres. She highlighted that the global discourse on advancing foreign policy and national security strategies has evolved beyond mere conflict prevention and resolution. There is a growing emphasis on adopting feminist or gender perspectives to enhance gender equality and promote women’s leadership within the security sector. “The civil society has a major role to play to push the governments to adopt a concrete framework of FFP suitable for their respective countries”, she said. Having more women diplomats, more women at the top leadership in the military and all areas of major decision making, are just examples of how to advance the goals of FFP.

Amongst this important discussion the contribution of the academician Prof Sanjukta Bhattacharya examined and emphasized the gendered frameworks, practices, and knowledge assertions that shape current mainstream perspectives on global politics.

Building upon the concept of feminist foreign policy, Ambassador Latha Reddy, former Indian Foreign Service officer drew from her extensive experience and deep understanding of the complexities of global diplomacy. She illustrated the nuances of women’s rights within the diplomatic domain, and the need to critically reflect on international power structures, address the needs of all groups, and placed human security and human rights at the center of international discussions.

The second and third day of the three-day symposium will witness a power-packed sessions by eminent experts, namely: Prof Anuradha Mitra Chenoy, Dr Shweta Singh, Ms Nandita Baruah, Ambassador Anil Trigunayat, Ambassador Riva Ganguly Das and Prof Vibhuti Patel. The summer school received overwhelming more than 3400 registered participants. Video and audios of the deliberations are available on the IMPRI YouTube and podcasts.

VIDEOS & AUDIOS:

DAY 1 Session-

VIDEOS: 
Live: https://www.youtube.com/live/vauKY_dOA4A

HQ: https://youtu.be/LpxDgN8-mUA

Introduction International Day of Women in DIplomacy 24 June 2024: https://youtu.be/PEg9eUBeAUo 

AUDIOS:  Spotify | Google Podcasts

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