Towards a Meaningful Change: Gendered Foreign Policy in Practice

We cordially invite you to the upcoming conference "Towards a Meaningful Change: Gendered Foreign Policy in Practise" that will take place at Czernin Palace on April 3rd 2020 under the auspices of Minister of Foreign Affairs Tomáš Petříček. The Czech Republic embraces international gender norms, but the path from formal approval to gender sensitive foreign policy is rather complex and complicated. This conference focuses on “the day after”, namely on the every-day and institutional aspects of putting gender norms into practice. What mechanisms, setups, or procedures can contribute towards a meaningful and visible change?

PROGRAM (might be subject to minor changes)

Czernin Palace, 3 April 2020

Under the auspices of Minister of Foreign Affairs Tomáš Petříček

10:00 – 10:15         WELCOMING WORD

                                Anita Grmelová, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

10:15 – 11:00          KEYNOTE CONTRIBUTIONS

                                 Ann Towns, Professor, University of Gothenburg



11:15 – 12:45     Advancing the Women, Peace and Security Agenda

The UN SC Resolution 1325, adopted in 2000, led to an unprecedented global spread of gender equality policies in the area of peace and security involving a total of 83 National Action Plans (NAPs) worldwide, including the Czech one. Yet, the 20th anniversary of the resolution is being overshadowed by a global backlash on women’s rights and the continuous lack of implementation of the resolution. This international panel brings together policy makers, academics and members of civil society with various backgrounds and experiences to debate the possible pathways for advancing the WPS agenda towards meaningful changes on the ground.


The panellists will focus on the following questions:

  • What concrete steps can be made in foreign and domestic policies through NAPs and other instruments?
  • How to strengthen the long-term conflict prevention, the most neglected WPS pillar, yet the key one for sustainable peace?
  • How to address the socioeconomic inequalities that often undermine peacebuilding efforts?
  • How can foreign policy practice tackle the multiple aspects of gendered insecurities, including the social, economic and environmental threats?



  • E. Viktoria Li, Ambassador of Sweden to the Czech Republic
  • Eva Tabbasam, Policy, Advocacy & Communications Coordinator, Gender Action for Peace and Security, UK
  • Nina Bernarding, Director, Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy, Germany
  • OSCE Gender Equality Expert (TBC)


Moderator: Míla O’Sullivan


13:45 - 15:15     Women’s empowerment and gender equality in the practice of development cooperation: Who does what and how do we measure it?

Gender equality and women’s empowerment have long been established as norms of international development cooperation. While it is relatively easy to embrace these norms in official documents, it is not nearly as easy to put these norms into practice. This panel will inquire into the details of what it means to work towards women’s empowerment and gender equality in the complex environment of contemporary international development.


The panellists will focus on the following questions: 

  • How are the concepts of women’s empowerment and gender equality used in the practice of international development?
  • How do we ensure that the ideals of women’s empowerment and gender equality do not wither away during the implementation of development projects and programmes?
  • How do we measure progress?
  • How are new initiatives towards women’s empowerment and gender equality being conceived, proposed, funded, realised, and evaluated?
  • What is the desirable division of tasks, funds, and responsibilities between the donors (e.g. Czechia), international organisations, non-governmental development organisations, partner countries, and receiving communities?



  • Paloma Duran y Lalaguna, Head of the Global Partnerships and Policies Division at the Development Cooperation Directorate, OECD-DAC (TBC)
  • Chiara Adamo, Head of Unit, EU Commission – DG for International Cooperation and Development (TBC)
  • Karla Wursterová, Director General for International Organisations, Development Assistance and Humanitarian Aid, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic (TBC)


Moderator: Tomáš Dopita


15:30 - 17:00     From empowerment to development: Exploring the link between the fight against gender-based violence, support to sexual and reproductive rights, health, and demographic transition in foreign policy

The viral spread of the #MeToo movement has helped to break the silence over gender-based violence and empower women and girls to affirm the respect for their bodies. Yet at the same time there is a global backlash on sexual and reproductive rights with profound consequences not only for women’s freedom, but also for the health and well-being of entire populations worldwide. Indeed, there is an undeniable, yet controversial nexus between population growth and poor performance on other development indicators. This panel will explore the full length of this link between women’s empowerment and sustainable development.


The panellists will focus on the following questions:

  • What is the link between women’s and girls’ empowerment and people’s well-being with a particular focus on the Middle East and Africa?
  • How should we tackle sexual and reproductive health and rights in sensitive political and religious contexts?
  • What holistic vision can we bring forward for the Czech foreign and development policies to promote sexual and reproductive rights worldwide?



  • Johanna Nejedlová, co-founder of Konsent, an NGO dedicated to preventing rape and sexual harassment
  • Claudia García Moreno, Acting Unit Head at World Health Organisation (TBC)
  • Alisa Kaps, Head of International Demography at Berlin Institute for Population and Development (TBC)
  • Jana Hybášková, special envoy and former EU ambassador in Iraq a Namibia


Moderator: Ondřej Horký-Hlucháň