As old white men continue to dominate the national and international stages, the needs of women and minorities are constantly ignored. International politics are shaped by a ruthless competition for advantage, and the world is full of conflicts, crises and wars. Things have to change.
Activist and political scientist Kristina Lunz is on a mission to do just that. In her work from New York to Bogot , from Germany to Myanmar, she became aware of a stubborn unwillingness to think past the status quo and to embrace new, innovative voices from marginalized groups. She also saw that the tradition of feminist activism combined brilliantly with diplomacy: both require grim tenacity, boundless creativity and a solutions-oriented approach. In her attempt to reconfigure the field of foreign policy, she aims to set in motion a paradigm shift, replacing grandiose displays of military might with feminism, solidarity and climate justice.
A feminist foreign policy requires the promotion of equal rights in the handling of foreign affairs and security matters worldwide, with a particular focus on marginalized and politically underrepresented groups. Ultimately, this is nothing less than an inclusive, visionary policy for the twenty-first century, one where security and prosperity, health and climate justice are possible - in other words: where peace is possible for everyone, everywhere.
About the Author
Kristina Lunz is the co-founder and co-executive director of the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy. She has a master's degree in Global Governance and Ethics from University College London and a master's in Global Governance and Diplomacy from the University of Oxford. In February 2019 she was included in Forbes Magazine's prestigious '30 under 30' list for Europe.