Gender in Foreign Policy

Chair: Gabrielle Gould

Studies now show that gender inequality is a predictor of armed conflict between and within states, and that gender equality is actually a better predictor of a state’s peacefulness than GDP or democracy. Engagement by both women and men is crucial in national security, conflict resolution, economic development, and political movements, yet significant gaps still remain in terms of equal participation in these areas.

The aim of the Gender in Foreign Policy discussion group is to examine the gender considerations that should be integrated into any foreign policy if it is to be effective and the ongoing efforts by men and women to promote foreign policy work that is more inclusive.

All genders welcome: the discussion group is open to anyone interested in exploring these topics and there is no requirement to have experience working specifically in this field. The group meets once a month to discuss the role and status of women and gender in the context of foreign policy, history, and current global events.

Sample Topics:

  • Women and countering terrorism and violent extremism
  • Women’s political participation & engagement in state-building
  • Civil society and LGBT rights
  • UN and global efforts on women, peace, and security
  • Gender and the military
  • Women in conflict resolution and transitional justice
  • Gender-based violence
  • Gender issues in the economy and workforce
  • Reproductive health and HIV/AIDS

Membership Criteria:

  • Professional or academic experience in any foreign policy field
  • Interest in considering foreign policy issues through a gender lens and making foreign policy more inclusive and effective
  • Willingness to commit to attend at least 8 of 12 monthly meetings