When Feminism and Foreign Policy Meet

Kristina Lunz is bringing a female perspective into the world of diplomacy.

von TwentyThirty, October 9, 2018
Kristina Lunz

This article originally appeared on TwentyThirty.

"Power in our society is concentrated in a few hands of very few people and it is always the same people."

Kristina Lunz

Diplomacy is a man’s world – and Kristina Lunz is here to change that.

Kristina wants to bring in the female perspective, which currently is a blind spot in diplomacy. Apart from innovative initiatives like the Global Diplomacy Lab, it is hard to find non-white, female, or working-class voices in the foreign policy discourse.

Born in the German town of Reckendorf, Kristina is a campaign consultant, feminist, and co-founder and Director of the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy (CFFP).  The center is based in London and currently launching its Berlin office.

The CFFP is a research and advocacy organization trying to blend foreign policy and feminism. It uses feminist foreign policy as a framework that takes on a deeper analysis of global issues like security concerns.

Next year, Germany will become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Kristina Lunz considers this an opportunity for her home country to push forward a more feminist foreign policy, for example, by continuing the current Swedish foreign policy in the UNSC.

In June 2018, Kristina took part in the BMW Foundation Global Table in Lillehammer, Norway. She is a member of the BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Network.

This article is presented in collaboration with TwentyThirty

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