Feminist Foreign Policy community festival

October 26, 2023

Hivos proudly presents the the first-ever Feminist Foreign Policy (FFP) Community Festival taking place on the 31st of October, ahead of the ‘Shaping Feminist Foreign Policy’ conference hosted by the Dutch government. Together with other members and initiator WO=MEN, we will organize and host different sessions around the Feminist Foreign Policy to reflect, learn and prep for the steps ahead of implementing an effective FFP. Next to Hivos, WO=MEN, Cordaid and Care will make their offices and other spaces in The Hague available for a diverse, inclusive and interactive community festival.

To participate, please register for the sessions of your interest. We have highlighted sessions that are organized by Hivos below. An overview of all sessions can be found here.  All sessions take place in English, and some sessions have language interpretation available. A few can also be followed online by livestream. The Hivos office is accessible for wheelchairs.

Queering Feminist Foreign Policy

By COC & Hivos, 09.30 – 11.00h, hosted by Hivos.
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It is a misconception feminism is about women. Patriarchal norms affect us all. The queer community is disproportionately affected by restrictive norms and policies regulating their love and life. For FFPs to truly reach system change, we must look at the challenges faced by those furthest left behind. The workshop equips participants with insights and understanding of how FFP affects the queer movement, as well how a queered implementation of the FFP can aid the fight for equal rights for all.

Walking the Talk – centering Majority World voices and experiences in FFP monitoring and accountability

By Hivos, Equipop, Restless Development & Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy, 11.30 – 13.00h, hosted by Hivos.
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Any FFP aims to concretely and practically bring a feminist perspective to foreign policies, practices and funding. To assess whether a FFP indeed lives up to these expectations, it is essential to understand if and how it contributes to positive changes in the lives of women and LGBTIQ+ persons in practice. FFP monitoring and accountability mechanisms therefor need to center the experiences and voices from a diversity of Majority World feminists. This session generates ideas and practical proposals on how this can be achieved. This will allow for better monitoring of the real results and impact of a FFP, to understand its results and to propose changes to optimize its impact.

The future is now! The road to meaningful & inclusive youth participation as a core principle in FFP

By Amref Flying Doctors & Restless Development, 13.30 – 15.00h, hosted by Hivos.
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The Feminist Foreign Policy (FFP) recognises the critical and active role that young people can play in advancing global gender equality and women’s rights. In this session, our aim is to explore the practical implementation of Meaningful & Inclusive Youth Participation (MIYP) within the context of FFP. We will facilitate an exploratory dialogue with a panel of young feminists (of different genders) actively promoting gender equality. They will discuss practical examples of enhancing MIYP within FFP, sharing successful approaches and addressing challenges that require adjustment.