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Breaking the silos: Why international policies should link climate, gender and conflict and how Feminist Foreign Policy can be a driver of this change

Datum: 07-04-2022
Tijd: 4 pm - 5.30 pm CEST
Locatie: Zoom

As part of the Feminist Foreign Policy Summit, WO=MEN, Oxfam, and Mercy Crops are co-hosting a side event that explores international policies on climate, gender, and conflict. 
The climate crisis and the loss of biodiversity reinforce the context in which armed conflict can occur; crop failure, water scarcity and pollution weigh on a society. The climate and biodiversity crises and related armed conflicts exacerbate existing gender inequalities. Conversely, gender inequality, whereby women, men and gender non-conforming persons do not have equal access to food, water, and natural resources, is also a root cause of armed conflict. The nexus between the climate crisis, conflict and gender requires a holistic perspective on foreign policy. It requires rethinking current (power) structures in policy making focusing on the viewpoint of people in vulnerable positions and the most marginalized, yet also recognizing the powerful role women in all their diversity play in climate and security solutions. The only solution for robust climate-, gender- and conflict policy coherence is having a Feminist Foreign Policy. During our interactive event our speakers will draw attention to the urgency of breaking the silos in international policies on climate, gender and conflict. Speakers will include activists from the Global South, representatives of INGOs and interventions from the Dutch Government. The second part of the session will require inputs from you, the audience. This is where we explore how a Feminist Foreign Policy could support breaking silo thinking in international policies and enable sustainable change.

4 – 4.10 PM CEST 
Introduction of the Feminist Foreign Policy Summit 

Sheena Anderson, Project Manager Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy (CFFP)

4.10 – 4.50 PM 
Setting the scene on the nexus between climate crisis, conflict and gender

Part I: Presentation Agriculture and Climate Change in Iraq 
Laila Barhoum, Policy Coordinator, Oxfam in Iraq 

Part II: Panel discussion 
Amr Abdo Mohamed, Conflict Sensitivity Policy Advisor, Oxfam Novib
Hadeel Qazzaz, MENA Regional Gender Coordinator, Oxfam International 
Emma Whitaker, Peace and Conflict Advisor, Mercy Corps
Lovena Akinyi Owuor, Gender and Youth Advisor Mercy Corps Uganda 

4.50 PM 
How can Feminist Foreign Policy support breaking the silos

Interactive session with the audience and panelists

5.25 PM 
Closing: recap via graphic recording 

Moderation by Dewi Keppy, programme manager Gender & Sustainable Economy WO=MEN & Anika Snel, political coordinator WO=MEN

View the Virtual Exhibition "Women, Climate and Conflict: Stories of Unseen Leaders” here!

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