#WebPolicyLearning | An Online Monsoon School Program on Feminist Foreign Policy: Praxis for a Peaceful and Gender Just World Order

YouTube: https://youtu.be/c0iF_LOswSU

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) India Office, and IMPRI Gender Impact Studies Center (GISC), IMPRI Impact and Policy Research Institute, New Delhi are organising

An Online Monsoon School Program on

Feminist Foreign Policy:
Praxis for a Peaceful and Gender Just World Order

Details of the #WebPolicyLearning:

Dates: September 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2022 (Four consecutive Fridays)
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. IST
Platform: Zoom, Facebook Live and YouTube

Program Themes:

  • Gender, Peace, and Security
  • Gendered Dimensions of the UN Security Council
  • Gender and Sustainable Development Discourses
  • Gender, International Relations and Diplomacy

Background:

The Gender Impact Studies Center (GISC) at IMPRI Impact and Policy Research Institute undertakes rigorous analyses of the nuances of challenges towards gender equality locally, nationally, regionally and globally and advocates that voices against gender biases must be made more vocal, which would aid in the steady elimination of exclusive masculine agencies over a period of time. Hence, to advance this goal, IMPRI GISC is collaborating with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) for a weekly Webinar Series, to be held on four consecutive Fridays in the month of September 2022.

Feminist Foreign Policy, relegated to the margins for decades, is slowly gaining much-deserved recognition as a result of the efforts of peacemaking, peacebuilding and peacekeeping by transnational feminist solidarity. A feminist foreign policy provides a powerful lens through which we can counter the violent global systems of power, i.e., patriarchy, racism, cultural nationalism, imperialism, and militarism that leave the majority of the population in perpetual states of vulnerability and despair. It puts the promotion of gender equality and women’s rights at the center of a nation’s diplomatic agenda. According to the International Center for Research on Women, feminist foreign policy is the policy of a state that defines its interactions with other states and movements in a manner that prioritises gender equality and enshrines the human rights of women and other historically marginalised groups, allocates significant resources to achieve that vision and seeks through its implementation to disrupt patriarchal and male-dominated power structures across all of its levers of influence (aid, trade, defence and diplomacy), informed by the voices of feminist activists, groups and movements.

Taking a cue from the official European Union Foreign Policy, a progressive feminist foreign policy consists of three ‘R’s:

  • Rights, meaning the promotion of women’s issues, including by countering gender-based violence and discrimination;
  • Representation, including support for women’s participation at all levels of decision-making, from parliament to private sector boards to the legal system; and
  • Resources, to ensure equitable allocation among people of all genders, whether in government budgets or development projects.

According to the International Peace Institute, when women participate in peace processes, agreements are more likely to last—and to be forged in the first place. The time is ripe for instituting a feminist foreign policy by India and all other nations. Distancing itself from simple rhetoric, such a foreign policy would be strategic and would be critical to a nation’s broader foreign-policy objectives, including economic development, prosperity, peace and security.

It must not be forgotten that Hansa Mehta, India’s representative to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, strongly opposed the phrase “all men are born free and equal” and fiercely advocated for what led to the adoption of Article 1 of the UN Declaration Human Rights that “all human beings are born free and equal“.

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Chair:

Vibhuti Patel

Prof Vibhuti Patel, IMPRI

Expert Resource Persons:

September 9: Gender, Peace, and Security

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Dr Swarna Rajagopalan
Political Scientist and Feminist Peace Educator, The Prajnya Trust, Chennai

September 16: Gendered Dimensions of the UN Security Council

Vahida Nainar

Dr Vahida Nainar
Independent Researcher, Gender Consultant

September 23: Gender and Sustainable Development Discourses

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Prof Roxana Marinescu
Professor, Faculty of International Business and Economics, Department of Modern Languages and Business Communication, Bucharest University of Economic Studies

Vibhuti Patel

Prof Vibhuti Patel
Visiting Professor, IMPRI

September 30: Gender, International Relations and Diplomacy

Meenal Shrivastava

Prof Meenal Shrivastava
Professor and Coordinator of Political Economy and Global Studies, Athabasca University, Canada

Special Remarks:

Anil Trigunayat

Ambassador Anil Trigunayat
Former Indian Ambassador to Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Libya and Malta

Nilima Srivastava

Prof Nilima Srivastava
Professor, School of Gender and Development Studies, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi

Convenors:

Jyoti Rawal

Ms Jyoti Rawal, FES India

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Dr Simi Mehta, IMPRI

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Dr Arjun Kumar, IMPRI

SESSION 1: September 9: Gender, Peace, and Security

Live Video YouTube: https://youtu.be/c0iF_LOswSU

Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/100064599346221/videos/2514626438674973

YouTube HQ Video: https://youtu.be/1cdnZU41YHc

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Details: https://www.impriindia.com/event/feminist-foreign-policy/

Authored By:

  • Arjun Kumar

    Arjun Kumar is the Director of the Impact and Policy Research Institute (IMPRI), New Delhi. He holds a PhD in Economics from the Centre for the Study of Regional Development, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. With training in development economics, he specialises in quantitative and qualitative research methods, econometrics and the use of statistical software to crunch big data. He has been a Visiting Faculty at the Institute for Human Development (IHD) amongst others and has been associated with several think tanks, research institutes, governments, civil society organisations, and private enterprises. He is President of a Jharkhand based NGO (registered in 2010), Manavdhara- a youth social organisation working for humanitarian causes in backward regions and for marginalised communities. He has also taught Economics at the University of Delhi. His research interests are in the economy, development studies, housing and basic amenities, urban and regional research, inclusive and sustainable development, data and evidence-based policy, and, research methods. He has several research publications to his credit and has experience of being involved in research projects of international and national repute. He is also a member and part of various government and non-government formed committees, groups, and advisory boards overseeing the deliberation as subject matter expert and for possessing strong research acumen. He is an avid writer and frequently writes on various dimensions of economic issues, policies, and their impact for several eminent media platforms.