According to a media report, Annalena Baerbock (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) wants to appoint an ambassador for feminist foreign policy. This emerges from a draft paper for the “Feminist Foreign Policy Guidelines” that the “Spiegel” has received.
“The ambassador will ensure the mainstreaming of feminist foreign policy. It will continue to develop the guidelines and ensure their implementation,” says the 41-page paper, which lists a total of twelve guidelines. Six of these are aimed at working in the foreign service and six at foreign policy action. "These guidelines are intended as a working tool for the Federal Foreign Office," says the draft text.
It also provides for strengthening the gender competence of employees and bringing about a "cultural change". "We anchor feminist foreign policy in all mandatory training courses in our service in order to develop a "feminist reflex"," write the authors.
In addition, the new feminist attitude should also be reflected in the allocation of funds by the foreign ministry. "We will also put our financial resources more systematically at the service of feminist foreign policy," says the draft guidelines. "Our goal is to apply gender budgeting to the entire project budget of the Federal Foreign Office by the end of the legislative period."
According to "Spiegel" information, however, the Federal Foreign Office warns against expectations that are too high. "Feminist foreign policy has no magic formula ready to deal with immediate security policy threats," the paper says.
In addition, Russia's war against Ukraine shows that human lives must also be protected by military means. "Therefore, feminist foreign policy is not synonymous with pacifism," the Foreign Office clarifies.
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