FFP Community Festival

FFP Community Festival 

Date: 31 October 2023 
Time: 9.30 - 23.30 uur
Location: WO=MEN, CARE Nederland, Cordaid, Hivos 

On Tuesday 31 October, WO=MEN organises the first Feminst Foreign Policy Community Festival. Together with CARE Nederland, Cordaid and Hivos, meeting rooms in The Hague open up for divers, inclusive and interactive sessions. It will be a fun, informal day where we will share knowledge and experiences on everything that links to Feminist Foreign Policy. It promises to be an inspiring day including  thematic knowledge sessions with civil society.

You can find an overview of the sessions here: https://www.wo-men.nl/ffp-community-festival 

Sessions that are relevant for NAP 1325 wih a short explantion and the link to register: 

Panel Session: Promoting a gender transformative recovery of Ukraine

By Ukrainian Women’s Fund, 09.30 – 11.00h, hosted by WO=MEN. 

The Feminist Foreign Policy Community Festival will kick off at WO=MEN with a very interesting interactive panel discussion between the Ukraine Government Commissioner for Gender Policy and a number of outspoken Ukrainian women activists. They will discuss the need for a genuine gender lens in a post-war recovery strategy for Ukraine. There will be ample time for Q&A with the audience.

The session will discuss the currently planned Ukraine post-war recovery strategy and address the important need to include a local perspective as well as a gender/ intersectional perspective. This is in line with Ukraine’s strategy to localise the women, peace and security agenda and their regional National Action Plans 1325. We will explore how a feminist foreign policy can support such a strategy. Concrete recommendations will be formulated to inform Ukrainian and international stakeholders working on post-conflict recovery settings.

For more information: open the overview here

Register at: r.trijsburg@wo-men.nl 

Gender, Climate, Peace & Security: wrapping our heads around the Triple Nexus+ 

9.30 - 11.00h, hosted by CARE Netherlands 

Extreme weather events are becoming more frequent. Natural resources are becoming scarcer. Disasters and conflict are on the rise. People forced to flee have doubled in the past 10 years to more than 108 million people. Civic space is shrinking, and organisations working on gender equity and women's rights are in many contexts the first to be under attack. In an era marked by unprecedented complexities, the Triple Nexus+ represents a visionary approach that encourages us to integrate humanitarian aid, development, peacebuilding, climate action, and gender equality. Join us as we explore the synergies and innovations at the intersection of these critical domains, forging new insights and understanding to navigate a more sustainable, resilient, inclusive, and gender-sensitive world. How can we combine forces to better address the most pressing issues of our time?

You can register here

Promoting Localization through Feminist Foreign Policy: How FFP can support women and feminist-led approaches to humanitarian action, peace, security, and conflict-prevention

By Women’s Refugee Commission, 09.30 – 11.00h, hosted by Cordaid

In recent years, an increasing number of countries have adopted National Action Plans on the Implementation of UNSCR 1325 and the Women, Peace, and Security framework. At the same time, an increasing number of countries have adopted Feminist Foreign Policies (FFPs) that aim to address gender inclusion in peace and security. Yet, without a common definition for FFP, these normative frameworks are widely viewed as parallel processes that are not fully integrated through international cooperation in addressing conflict and crises. This interactive workshop is based on the premise that the WPS framework and FFP are, and must be, mutually reinforcing. As we move toward stronger localization of humanitarian action and advance gender-responsive approaches to peace and security, we face critical questions about how FFP can advance localization through increasing support for women’s and feminist civil society organizations and movements. Our session will take a critical view of the humanitarian assistance architecture and challenge participants to consider how the twin imperatives of localization and the promotion of gender-responsive peace, security and conflict prevention mechanisms can be further developed.

You can register here.

FFP in Security Policy and Practice: How to Centre Human Security, Demilitarization and Disarmament? 

By PAX, SIHA, Women Now & WILPF, 11.30 – 13.00h, hosted at The Grey Space in the Middle.

Whose security is central? While defence spending soars in Europe and throughout the world, there are a growing number of states adopting a Feminist Foreign Policy. What actions are needed to centre peace and security in Feminist Foreign Policy and what are the implications of security policies? This session will move from discussing demilitarisation abstractly towards implementation of FFP principles and commitments. Concrete actions and reforms are needed, shaped by and grounded in the realities of conflict affected communities. During the session, panellists and attendees will enter into conversation together, discussing crucial questions and formulating actions needed to advance Peace and Security through Feminist Foreign Policy. 

You can register here.

Implementing a Feminist Foreign Policy: The role of women faith actors 

By Mensen met een Missie, Tearfund & Faith to Action Network, 13.30 – 15.00h, hosted by Cordaid.

Panel discussion on the role of women faith actors in the implementation of a Feminist Foreign Policy (FFP) with representatives of different sectors: Grassroots practitioners from various countries, Academics, Government, European External Action Service, and the Dutch Parliament. With all representatives we will discuss their view on: how they see the role of women faith actors in implementing a FFP; how inclusion and participation of women faith actors in local peace and security processes can be strengthened; how grassroots and international efforts can join together to strengthen the implementation of a FFP.   

You can register here.