We are a collective of activists, academics, and practitioners informed by feminist values of equality, peace, justice and environmental stewardship.
Through this new Feminist Foreign Policy Project, we seek to contribute to a world without war and violence, where militarism is replaced by cooperation and diplomacy; where poverty is eradicated by replacing capitalist structures of exploitation with sharing, compassionate economies that take care of all people; where the goals of environment protection, racial equity and gender equality govern our policy decisions; and where international solidarity is the guiding principle of our foreign policy.
We ground our vision in a long tradition of anti-imperialist feminist praxis. In the 1920s, feminists sought to end the carving up of colonial territories across the world. In 1945, the Women’s International Democratic Federation was founded to support anti-colonial struggles in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. In 1985, at the UN Conference on Women in Nairobi, feminists sought to link the destructive effects of structural adjustment (today called neoliberalism) to the fight against apartheid in South Africa and the occupation of Palestine. We see ourselves as moving along the paths forged by these bold, anti-imperialist efforts.
We are at a time in history where the outrageous levels of environmental destruction and militarism put all lives at stake and have long-lasting consequences for future generations and the planet:
- The global arms race triggers international tensions, exacerbates social inequities and intensifies racialized, gendered and sexualized violence.
- Conflicts and wars, often exacerbated or caused by external interference, displace vulnerable populations at a massive scale and lead to forced migration. They normalize patriarchal violence against vulnerable women, men, and children, and often intensify attacks on ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities.
- Ever-increasing military spending, along with military recruitment, squanders human and financial resources needed for social development and other people- and environment-oriented sectors, policies, and activities.
- Neoliberal economic policies, including damaging extractive projects, have brought great harm to our environment and communities throughout the Global South--and in the North, too. They have also brought shameful levels of inequality that cannot be allowed to persist. Women, girls and other oppressed groups suffer the physical, economic and social consequences of these policies.
The United States and other imperial powers have a history of male-dominated military, trade and aid policies. They use their foreign policies as a means to further the interests of their corporations. They bribe the willing, trick the gullible, use technology to lure the hopeful, and resort to overwhelming military force to punish those who resist. “Humanitarian intervention” is often a mask for foreign control of another country’s resources.
We imagine a future without foreign coercion and without the exploitation of working people and natural resources. An anti-capitalist critique is at the heart of our feminist agenda for global justice.
Although our aim is to help build a worldwide movement for foreign policies of peace and cooperation, we are cognizant of the overwhelming role of the U.S. state – its military-industrial complex, its hundreds of military bases, and its history of instigating or exacerbating conflicts and wars. For this reason, our primary focus will be U.S. foreign policy.
The Feminist Foreign Policy Project will create thematic and regional working groups; forge and strengthen ties with progressive movements, organizations, institutes, networks, and individuals; build a web presence; produce educational materials; issue policy briefs; organize and support rallies; support legislative initiatives; and lift the voices/actions of inspiring feminists working on creative foreign policy initiatives.
The Feminist Foreign Policy Project has a radical vision of hope for the future. We stand firm in our belief that the future will be peaceful and feminist when feminists of all backgrounds and experiences come together to build the base. We will take guidance from the most marginalized women, women who have consistently put their bodies and lives on the frontlines of struggles to ensure a future for their children that is free of oppression and that turns the tide on the environmental catastrophe plaguing our planet. We take guidance from the global social movements that make the linkages between capitalism, militarism, colonial expansion, and environmental destruction.
We invite and welcome like-minded groups and individuals to join us in developing and nurturing interconnected feminist movements that will pressure elected officials and other decision-makers to pursue genuinely feminist foreign policies. We strongly believe in a future where we care for one another and for the planet, and invite you to join our table.
Signatures: (Bolded names indicate the co-authors of this mission statement)
- Adeline Broussan, PhD Candidate in History at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (USA)
- Alice Nascimento, New York Communities for Change (USA)
- Alicia Wallace, Equality Bahamas (The Bahamas)
- Anup Grewal, Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto (Canada)
- Aziz Rana, Professor of Law, Cornell Law School (USA)
- Barbara J. Wien, Senior Professorial Lecturer, American University, School of International Service (USA)
- Camden Goetz, Regions Refocus (USA)
- Caty Seger, Coordinator at Feminist Foreign Policy Project (USA)
- Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Distinguished Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies, Syracuse University, USA
- Charles Knight, Center for International Policy (USA)
- Christina Heather, Assistant Professor, Barnard College (USA)
- Cindy Wiesner, Executive Director at Grassroots Global Justice Alliance (USA)
- Cynthia Oka, National Organizer at Grassroots Global Justice Alliance (USA)
- Dana Cloud, California State University (USA)
- Dina Mahnaz Siddiqi, Professor at New York University (USA)
- Elisabeth Armstrong, Professor of Women and Gender Studies at Smith College (USA)
- Gabriella della Croce, Organizer, Pioneer Valley Workers Center (USA)
- Ginetta E. Candelario, Professor of Sociology and Latin American & Latin@ Studies, Smith College; Editor, Meridians: feminism,race,transnationalism (USA)
- Hyobin Jamie Tyberg, New York Communities for Change (USA)
- Inderpal Grewal, Professor, Yale University (USA).
- Iyko Day, Associate Professor of English, Mount Holyoke College (USA)
- Jennifer Guglielmo, Associate Professor of History at Smith College (USA)
- Jodie Evans, Co-founder/Director of CODEPINK: Women for Peace (USA)
- Jordan T. Camp, Visiting Scholar, Center for Place, Culture, and Politics, CUNY Graduate Center, and Director of Research, The People's Forum (USA)
- Julia Escalante De Haro, Coordinadora Regional, Comité de América Latina y el Caribe para la Defensa de los Derechos de las Mujeres, CLADEM (LAC)
- Julia Mead, Graduate student, University of Chicago (USA)
- Kiran Asher, Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (USA)
- Kristina Lunz, Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy (UK/Germany)
- Laura Briggs, Professor, Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts, (USA)
- Manuela L. Picq, Departments of Political Science & Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies at Amherst College (USA)
- Manu Karuka, Assistant Professor, Barnard College (USA)
- Marissa Conway, Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy (UK)
- Medea Benjamin, Co-Director of CODEPINK: Women for Peace (USA)
- Michelle Chase, Assistant Professor of History at Pace University (USA)
- Minoo Moallem, Professor, University of California, Berkeley (USA)
- Morana Marušić, Academic Researcher (Croatia)
- Nadje Al-Ali, Professor of Anthropology, Brown University (USA)
- Nicola Pratt, Reader, University of Warwick (UK)
- Nicole Peer, Field Organizer, US Senate Campaign (USA)
- Nina Bernarding, Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy (UK)
- Olivia Leirer, New York Communities for Change (USA)
- Paola Bacchetta, Professor, University of California, Berkeley (USA)
- Philippa Winkler, PhD, Independent Scholar (USA/UK)
- Renata Avila, International Lawyer and Digital Rights Expert (Guatemala)
- Rhonda Hammer, Lecturer, University of California, Los Angeles (USA)
- Roisin Davis, Haymarket Books (USA)
- Salma Yaqoob, Patron, Stop the War Coalition, (UK)
- Shailja Patel, Research Associate, Five Colleges Women's Studies Research Center, (USA/Kenya)
- Shivangi Misra, Policy and Projects Manager, The Feminist Alliance For International Action, (Canada)
- Suzie Gilbert, The People's Voices (UK)
- Suzy Kim, Professor of Korean History at Rutgers University (USA)
- Svati P. Shah, Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (USA)
- Tanya Golash-Boza, Professor, University of California- Merced (USA)
- Valentine M. Moghadam, Professor of Sociology and International Affairs, Northeastern University (USA)
- Vanessa Adel, Adjunct Professor, Smith College (USA)
- Vron Ware, Professor of Sociology & Gender Studies, Kingston University London (UK)
- Yasmin Poole, Youth Representative of the Asia Pacific, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (Australia)
- Yifat Susskind, Executive Director, MADRE (USA)
- Zakia Salime, Professor at Rutgers University (USA)
- Zillah Eisenstein, Writer, Anti-Racist Feminist Professor Emerati at Ithaca College (USA)