AFFPC Submission on the new International Gender Equality Strategy
The Australian Feminist Foreign Policy Coalition (AFFPC) welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the development of a new International Gender Equality Strategy.
The AFFPC is a network of more than 200 individuals and organisations committed to advancing intersectional feminist foreign policy in Australia.i It is convened by the International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA) and includes supporters of feminist foreign policy working across diplomacy, defence, peacebuilding, women’s rights, international development and other sectors.
The 2023 International Development Policy reaffirms Australia’s commitment to advancing gender equality and the rights of people with disabilities, and the benefits of “placing gender equality at the centre of development.” It further identifies the structural nature of inequality, stating “we must tackle the unequal power systems and structures that stifle economic growth and human development.”
The International Gender Strategy provides the critical opportunity to connect this vision of gender equality with the systemic and transformative approaches required to get us there.
This submission outlines the case for Australia to name a feminist approach to its work to advance gender equality through the International Gender Strategy. It builds from the AFFPC submission on the International Development Policy to apply recommendations which have not yet been implemented to the context of the gender strategy. It also draws from the analysis and recommendations included in the AFFPC Issues Paper Series.