Feminist Foreign and Development Policy Fellowship

A North-South Dialogue

In 2021, Germany’s new government committed to pursuing a feminist foreign and development policy. Countries such as Sweden, Canada and Mexico have long started to employ a feminist lens in their diplomacy. As a German foundation aligned with the global Green movement, the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Washington, DC is eager to support the emergence of a fundamentally different approach to both foreign and development policy: one that is not only committed to the advancement of women, but also strengthens an inclusive and intersectional approach to policy-making and practice.

That is why we are launching our Feminist Foreign and Development Policy Fellowship in November 2022.

For the fellowship, we have invited eight young feminist professionals from the Global South and Europe to Washington, DC and New York City from November 12th to November 19th. This diverse group of women with backgrounds ranging from security, human rights, and climate to development will explore how to implement feminist foreign and development policy, co-create new advocacy approaches, and strengthen their networks. The fellowship aims to provide space for South-North/North-South dialogue and serves as a mechanism through which emerging feminist leaders can identify issues that require further debate.

During their stay in the United States these young feminist professionals will meet with stakeholders from the United Nations, World Bank, White House and State Department, research organizations, NGOs and students, all of whom are engaged in shaping policy for women and girls.

Meet the fellows

Thanks to feminism, I found a critical lens with which to analyze and practice politics
Feminism motivated me to stand up for a society where all people enjoy equal opportunities and justice
Feminism can drive intersectionality as a way of achieving stronger, fairer, more effective foreign and development policy
Growing up in ultra-conservative Northern Nigeria, advocating for women's rights is existential
A feminist foreign and development policy is important because it can serve as a tool to dismantle patriarchal, colonial, class, race and other power structures
I have been raised with an understanding that women have always been at the heart of South Africa's liberation struggle
Climate change affects women most and yet their representation in decision making platforms is less compared to men
Feminist values make you believe in a better world around us