Feminist Foreign Policy

The protection of women in armed conflicts as well as their equal participation in peace processes and negotiations contribute to the promotion of world peace. Nevertheless, nation states continue to use armament and deterrence as the preferred mode of handling such conflicts.

It is high time to break up such power structures and to view security not in a military context, but in a humane one. Women’s rights need to be strengthened, and women need to be recognized as shapers of peace and security policy. During the following two years, Germany has the opportunity to support this claim in the UN security council. With this dossier we would like to show the way forward towards a Feminist Foreign Policy.


This web dossier is realized in collaboration with the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy.

The international arms trade is a feminist issue

Women, girls and non-gender-conform people suffer significantly more from gender-based violence, which is exacerbated by weapons. Firearms often contribute to the fact that women and minorities in a society are systematically oppressed and their individual safety is threatened. The following contributions show why the international arms trade is a feminist issue and what Germany and Europe can do to focus on gender equality in the field of arms control.

The European Arms Trade is a Feminist Issue

The international arms trade - A feminist issue?

Panel discussion (24.2.20): Gender, Power, and Arms: International Armament, Masculinities, and Discrimination

The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots as well as the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons are both international civil society-led campaigns challenging established norms of gender and power. Hosted by CFFP, together with the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), the two campaigns discussed the interlinkages of international armament, discrimination, masculinities and gender inequality.

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The international arms trade is a feminist issue and what Germany can do about it

Policy Paper

Feminist perspectives are gaining strength in foreign and security policy. This leads to new questions for the politically contested field of arms transfers. The authors of the policy paper analyse the phenomenon of gender-based violence, which can be exacerbated through the transfer of weaponry to certain regions, and call for a more gender-sensitive arms export policy.

Further contributions