08 March Webinar: Our Women in Foreign Policy

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On March 8 the world celebrates International Women’s Day. This day marks a call to action for accelerating gender equality and women’s rights across the globe. On IWD 2021 the Netherlands celebrates the inspiring leadership of women. Therefore the Dutch Permanent Representations to the EU and NATO and the Dutch Embassy in Brussels are organizing an online lunch seminar with four leading Dutch women in foreign policy in Brussels.

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We’ll be joined by the Netherlands’ Ambassador to NATO Marisa Gerards, Chief Foreign Policy Advisor to the President of the European Council Maryem van den Heuvel (tbc), PSC-Ambassador Delphine Pronk and EU special representative for the Middle East Peace Process Susanna Terstal.

We invite them to share their experiences on opportunities and challenges for women in diplomacy and international politics. A stage in which challenges abound. The EU is facing a resurgent Russia to the east, a more assertive China further afield and increasing instability to its south closer to home. This demands specific answers and a renewed investment in multilateralism and long standing cooperation such as NATO. We will talk about the this myriad of complex challenges.

But we will also ask the panel what difference it makes to have female voices at the tables of power. How is this perceived by our partners in the theatres of conflict? And what are the lessons learned in their personal journeys as diplomats they bring to the table in this time of global pushback on women’s rights? What advice do they have for future generations and what needs to happen next to get more women into senior diplomatic roles and to ensure more gender parity?

The conversation will be led by Corinna Horst, senior fellow and deputy director of German Marshall Fund’s Brussels office, member of the steering committee of the Brussels chapter of Women in International Security (WIIS) and co-founder of The Brussels Binder, an online database of female policy experts. She is also co-author of the book “Women Leading The Way in Brussels", which looks at women leadership in Europe and Brussels.

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