Sweden’s Foreign Minister Explains Feminist Foreign Policy

Sweden’s Foreign Minister Explains Feminist Foreign Policy. U.S. Institute of Peace. James Rupert. February 9, 2015.

When Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström announced last year that her government would pursue a “feminist foreign policy,” the idea “met with considerable derision,” she says. “We call it the giggling factor.” And where the response was not quiet laughter, it was often confusion, including in Washington. “No one knows what this means” for Sweden’s approach to conflicts such as the Russia-Ukraine war, a Foreign Policy headline declared in December. Wallström filled a hall at USIP to explain. A feminist foreign policy seeks the same goals as any visionary foreign policy: peace, justice, human rights and human development, she said. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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