Report on feminist diplomacy by the High Council on Gender Equality (18 November 2020)


The High Council on Gender Equality has presented its report on feminist diplomacy to Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, and Elisabeth Moreno, Minister Delegate for Gender Equality, Diversity and Equal Opportunities, attached to the Prime Minister.

Since March 2018, France has employed the expression “feminist diplomacy” when referring to its foreign policy action. The High Council for Gender Equality (HCE), specifically tasked with evaluating France’s International Strategy for Gender Equality (2018-2022), France’s roadmap for foreign policy, therefore considered it necessary to begin by examining this strongly symbolic notion and France’s action concerning it. Is it merely an appealing expression, and therefore a communication tool, or is it truly an awareness at the highest level of the importance of including equality in France’s foreign policy and therefore a major step forward?

In its report, the HCE sets forth the elements for defining this innovative concept, establishes a first stock take of France’s feminist diplomacy and makes 19 recommendations to strengthen its framework and its implementation in its different areas of action.

Read the report’s summary: