Debates on issues related to foreign, European and security policy are often attended to a greater extent by male experts. Despite considerable progress in recent decades, the representation of women’s expert voices is not yet sufficient and equitable. Since 2017, the Association for International Affairs has therefore been undertaking a series of activities to ensure that women play a more active role in shaping international relations and participating in public debates within their areas of expertise.
Women Network on Czech European, Foreign and Security Policy
It is a platform for meeting of women actively involved in Czech foreign, European and security policy. The goal is to provide a space for female experts from various fields, including public administration, politics, diplomacy, international organisations, media, research institutions and the non-profit sector, to discuss current international events and share their specific professional experiences. The primary aim of our networking activities is to increase women’s participation in debates on Czech foreign, European, security and defence policy. We also emphasize women’s involvement in the decision-making process on Czech international political matters. In 2023, we are organising these meetings thanks to the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Czech Republic.
Database of Female Experts
In 2019, thanks to a crowdfunding campaign and public support, we created the Database of Female Foreign Policy Experts. Our goal is to facilitate the search of female experts on foreign policy topics for debate organisers or the media, and at the same time, encourage women to present their expertise in the public sphere. The database is publicly accessible here and features over 240 female experts covering more than 50 topics. If you are not a member yet, we would be pleased to welcome you. You can join us via this link.
You can also provide financial support to the Database here.
We would be happy if you would be interested in joining our activities to promote gender diversity in discussions on Czech Foreign, European and Security Policy. If you would like to become a member of the Network or Database, please contact us, and we will gladly provide you with further information.
We look forward to welcoming you.