Feminist Foreign Policy: Past, Present and Future


Feminist Foreign Policy: Past, Present and Future

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Feminist Foreign Policy: Past, Present and Future | A Three-Day International Online Symposium | An Immersive Certificate Training Seminar | June 2024 | IMPRI #WebPolicyLearning

IMPRI Center for International Relations and Strategic Studies, and IMPRI Gender Impact Studies Center (GISC), IMPRI Impact and Policy Research Institute, New Delhi, in collaboration with The Asia Foundation invites you to #WebPolicyLearning

A Three-Day International Online Symposium
An Immersive Certificate Training Seminar on

Feminist Foreign Policy: Past, Present and Future

Details of the #WebPolicyLearning :
Dates: June 24, 25 and 26, 2024
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. IST
Platform: Zoom | YouTube Live | Spotify | Google Podcast

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The International Day of Women in Diplomacy, observed annually on June 24, declared by UNGA’s 76th session, serves as a global platform to recognize and celebrate the invaluable contributions of women to the field of diplomacy. This day is dedicated to honoring the achievements of women diplomats, acknowledging their resilience in overcoming challenges, and promoting gender equality within the diplomatic sphere. Since 2014, 16 countries have either adopted or committed to adopting Feminist Foreign Policies. However, a lot more needs to be done in prioritizing feminism in feminist foreign policies. While some have chosen to continue dispensing aid, some chose to add women and stir. Instead of choosing to engage with feminist values and focusing on intersectionality and peace, these policies continued to normalize “feminism-lite” agendas. In reality, women and non-binary people in the global south have been “doing” feminist foreign policy for generations now. Movements ranging from resisting colonialism to practicing food sovereignty, from inclusive law-making to deploying international law in pushing for their rights – the wealth of knowledge embodied in praxis in the majority world must be cantered.

This symposium recognizes these gaps and takes a deep dive into the field to build strong understandings of Feminist Foreign Policy as a concept. It offers a comprehensive overview of feminist foreign policies as they exist, presents the building blocks of such policies, and presents lessons from rich examples from the majority world. This provides an opportunity to critically interrogate the adoption of feminist and pro-gender foreign policies and diplomatic practices by a growing number of states and organizations, sparking both political debate and scholarly engagement. It offers a platform for the conduct of advanced in-depth reflection and analysis of this development through a range of conceptual and theoretical debates.

Undergirding the symposium is the broad question of what it means to conduct feminist and/or pro-gender foreign policy and diplomacy. How do they differ from orthodox foreign policy and diplomatic approaches? How should they be conceptualized and analyzed? Addressing these questions, the symposium will serve as platform and foundation for further in depth-deliberations and policy interventions.

For Whom

The symposium will be beneficial for international relations academicians, scholars, and students; diplomats, diplomatic organizations, and institutions; journalists, media personnel;
early career professionals and anyone interested in feminism, global politics, and the intersection of the two.


The symposium will provide participants with the tools – international legal framework, diplomatic “hard” and “soft” power, advocacy methods – to promote and defend women’s
rights today, directly linked to current events and with strong testimonies from different types of actors on the field (officials, civil society activists, representatives of international
organizations, private and philanthropic sectors).
Upon successful completion of the program, each participant will receive a Certificate of Completion, contingent upon their attendance being logged on Zoom for all three days.

Purpose and Impact

  • To provide a platform for insightful discussions and critical reflections on the role of feminist principles in shaping international relations and diplomacy.
  • Raising awareness about the importance of gender equality within the field of diplomacy that would generate structures and systems for creating an enabling ecosystem for meaningful and proactive participation of women in diplomatic decision making.
  • Lead to the formulation of recommendations and evidence based policy suggestions for integrating feminist principles into foreign policy.
  • To facilitate cross-cultural dialogue, collaboration, and the sharing of best practices, fostering global and regional networks committed to advancing feminist values in foreign policy.
  • To dispel misconceptions about feminist foreign policy and provide a nuanced understanding of its potential impact on diplomatic relations.

Program Time Structure

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Program Experts

Chair :
Prof Vibhuti Patel, Visiting Distinguished Professor IMPRI, former professor, at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai

Ms Nandita Baruah, The Asia Foundation’s Country Representative in India
Ms Apoorva Singh, Program Officer, The Asia Foundation
Dr Arjun Kumar, Director, IMPRI
Dr Simi Mehta, CEO & Editorial Director, IMPRI

Mr Satyam Tripathi, IMPRI
Ms Vithita Jha, IMPRI
Ms Swetha Shanker Pydimarry, IMPRI

Upcoming and Previous IMPRI #WebPolicyLearning Events: See here

Feminist Foreign Policy in the Asia-Pacific Region | September 2023
Healthcare & Gender Equity: Emerging Dimensions, Policies, Impact & Way Forward | August 2023
Beyond Binaries: Understanding Sexual Identities and Queer Rights Issues in India | June 2023
FEMINISM: Fundamentals, Facets & Future | February 2023
Reproductive and Conjugal Rights of Women in India | December 2022
Feminist Foreign Policy: Praxis for a Peaceful and Gender Just World Order | September 2022
Feminism and the Global Social Transformation | February 2022

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Date And Time

24/06/2024 to


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