Salon talk: Right to rights

The HANNAH ARENDT DAYS as guest at Villa Seligmann.


Feminist foreign policy and human rights

Feminist foreign policy is not a utopia or an unattainable ideal; it is a concrete concept. Kristina Lunz, author, activist and political consultant, is convinced: only through a feminist foreign policy can the global crises and conflicts be solved. This is because structural disadvantages still prevail worldwide, and women, who make up half of society, and other marginalized groups are excluded from the possibility of equal participation.

The focus of feminist foreign policy is therefore on the three “Rs”, the question of rights, representation and (financial) resources in all policy fields. Feminism is not directed against men, but aims to break down patriarchal structures that lead to violence and oppression of disadvantaged groups in a society.

Peace and feminism, human rights and justice are thought together with foreign policy in order to initiate a paradigm shift. This requires exchange with civil society, and it requires answers to the great challenges of our time: What is the position of feminist foreign policy in the current crises? What strategies will it use to counter pushback attempts? And how will feminist foreign policy evolve in the future?



Eliah Sakakushev-von Bismarck, Director of Villa Seligmann

Salon talk

Kristina Lunz and Sebastian Friedrich

Kristina Lunz is co-founder and co-executive director of the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy(CFFP). After a bachelor’s degree in psychology, she received master’s degrees in global governance and ethics from University College London and in diplomacy from Oxford University. She has worked for the United Nations and for an NGO in Colombia, among others. She has (co-)initiated various activist campaigns and received several awards as well as fellowships in renowned institutions. In 2022, her book “The Future of Foreign Policy is Feminist: How Global Crises Must be Solved” was published (Ullstein/Econ Verlag).

Sebastian Friedrich is a journalist, curator and author. After studying social work/social pedagogy at the Evangelische Hochschule Berlin, he was a program volunteer at NDR in 2017-2019. He regularly contributes to the NDR media magazine Zapp, the radio stations NDR Kultur, NDR Info and the weekly newspaper Der Freitag. His subject areas are the New Right, racism and nationalism, and the development of neoliberal capitalism. He is doing his doctorate at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal on the media problematization of “deadbeats” in the young Federal Republic.

Foto: Stephan Pramme
Foto: Lidija Delovska

With the HANNAH ARENDT DAYS, the state capital of Hanover commemorates the internationally renowned political theorist who was born in Hanover-Linden on October 14, 1906. Arendt’s work, especially her core question about the meaning of political freedom, offers a wealth of points of departure for present and future social debate. In different formats, the event series therefore presents a current topic from politics and society for discussion every year around Hannah Arendt’s birthday. The HANNAH ARENDT DAYS are an event of the City of Hannover, Office of the Lord Mayor, City of Science Hannover. The salon talk takes place in cooperation with Villa Seligmann. Further cooperation partners of the HAT: Volkswagen Foundation, heise online et al.


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