Retrieved: A Feminist Foreign Policy Podcast Series

Feminism and patriarchy are terms we tend to encounter in discussions about the way societies are organised internally. And yet, foreign policy, just like most fields of policy-making, is heavily affected by patriarchal structures and prejudice. However, its future can be better. With the help of policy advisors, journalists, researchers, and politicians, we examine how feminist foreign policy can reflect the interests of all genders and often overlooked stakeholders: from peace-building and climate, to migration and defence policy, we look to examples from across the EU that show how this bold new model benefits society at large - and the challenges on the horizon. Can feminism retrieve a new foreign policy mantra out of the dusty ideas of the past? 

Episodes & transcripts

Retrieved 1: Why feminist foreign policy?

What is a feminist foreign policy? Does it just concern women? Or is it a new, more radical approach to foreign policy? In the 1st episode of the series we talk with Berlin-based Nina Bernarding, CEO and co-founder of the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy.

Retrieved 2: Gender in Arms Trade & Defence

How does conflict impact women and vulnerable social groups? Are their needs being taken into account in defence policy and in arms trade? In the 2nd episode of the series we talk with Merle Spellerberg from Bundestag and Renata Hessmann Dalaqua from UNIDIR.

Retrieved 3: Gender and Migration Policy

What would we see if we looked at migration through the gender lens? How does the experience of displacement differ for women and vulnerable social groups? In the 3rd episode, we speak with Neda Noraie-Kia, Head of European Migration Policy at the Thessaloniki Office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

Retrieved 4: Feminist Foreign Policy in the Academic Discussion

Who produces knowledge on feminist foreign policy? When did academic research on feminist international relations start taking shape? And who gets to define what a feminist foreign policy might look like? In the 4th episode of the series we go back in time with Lucia Yar, acting editor-in-chief of Euractiv Slovakia.

Retrieved 5: Gender & Peace-Building

In the last episode of the series, activist, academic, and NGO leader Maria Hadjipavlou talks us through the important work she has done for the divided communities in Cyprus. She also shines a light on how a feminist approach to conflict resolution could help create a better chance for longer lasting peace.