1st Edition

Feminist Policymaking in Turbulent Times Critical Perspectives

Edited By Hannah Partis-Jennings, Clara Eroukhmanoff Copyright 2024
    360 Pages
    by Routledge

    360 Pages
    by Routledge

    Feminist Policymaking in Turbulent Times offers a unique and timely reflection of the critical debates around the institutionalisation of feminist and gender-focused ideas and norms into policy.

    Many states and non-governmental organisations are increasingly invested in ‘feminist policymaking’ at the domestic and international levels. Yet, this liberal (feminist) agenda is also vastly disputed by critical, intersectional and decolonial voices on the one hand, and by anti-gender movements around the world on the other. Indeed, while opposition to ‘gender ideology’ is mounting from reactionary, religious and secular forces, feminist policymaking is also being challenged in important ways from within. Thus, this book situates feminist policymaking in a challenging and ‘turbulent’, global context. This book explores feminist policymaking in multiple areas of policy, examining various gender-focused programmes that states and international organisations have undertaken in the last decade, offering critical interventions and rethinking the relationship between feminism and policy. The book not only reflects on the advances of feminist policymaking globally, but also critically assesses the intersectional challenges embedded within it and lying ahead. It moves the field forward by creating opportunities, based on lived experiences, for re-imagining the transformative potential of the nexus between feminism and policymaking. Interdisciplinary in scope and bringing to the fore the voices of both academics and practitioners, the book is the product of an international collaboration, forging links and dialogue that are increasingly necessary to question some of the exclusionary, militaristic and hierarchical assumptions of policymaking which is labelled as feminist.

    Feminist Policymaking in Turbulent Times will be of interest to all scholars, students and practitioners interested in the role of gender in policymaking and concerned with contestations around gender-focused projects.

    Introduction: Feminist Policymaking in Turbulent Times: Critical Perspectives

    Hannah Partis-Jennings and Clara Eroukhmanoff

    PART 1: Methods, Metrics, and Impact of Feminist Policymaking

    1. Advocating for Feminist Economic Policies: A Practitioner’s Story from the Frontline

    Lila Caballero Sosa

    2. From Havana to Bogota: The Indicators for Measuring the Implementation of the Gender Perspective of the Colombian Peace Agreement with the FARC Guerrilla

    Lina M. Céspedes-Báez, Felipe Jaramillo Ruiz and Rebecca Nielsen

    3. Female Victimhood, Political Agency, and Global Feminist Interventions: A Critical Perspective of International Gender Mainstreaming in the Tunisian Transitional Justice

    Sélima Kebaïli

    PART 2: Feminist Foreign Policy and the State

    4. What is Feminist Foreign Policy? Interrogating a Developing Idea Across Five National Contexts

    Jennifer Thomson

    5. The Abandonment of Sweden’s Feminist Foreign Policy: Militarism and Gendered Nationalism

    Annika Bergman Rosamond

    6. Troubling French Feminist Diplomacy with the National Context

    Clara Eroukhmanoff

    7. Feminist Foreign Policy in India: Looking Inwards Matters

    Dipti Tamang

    PART 3: Feminist Policymaking and the International

    8. Relationality and ‘the International’: Rethinking Feminist Foreign Policy

    Fiona Robinson

    9. Early Women Envoys of India: Looking for Blueprints of Feminist Foreign Policy

    Khushi Singh Rathore

    10. Towards a Feminist Defence Policy? Challenges for Feminist Foreign Policy

    Katharine A. M. Wright

    PART 4: Rethinking Feminist Policymaking

    11. Abortion Storytelling as Feminist Policy(un)making

    Hannah Partis-Jennings

    12. A View into the Fray: Lived Testimony of Minorities in the UK Peace, Security and Foreign Policymaking Fields

    Aditi Gupta and Mélina Villeneuve

    13. Feminist Demands for Equal Distribution of Power and Resources: The Case for Tax Justice as Central to Addressing the Elephant in the Room of Feminist Policymaking

    Caroline Othim and Roos Saalbrink

    14. Decolonising Feminist Policymaking: Interrogating Western and Liberal Feminisms’ Dominance in Feminist Policy Spaces

    Sidonia Lucia Kula

    Conclusion: Can ‘Feminist’ Policymaking Deliver a More Just World?

    Toni Haastrup


    Hannah Partis-Jennings is Lecturer in International Relations in the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics at Queens University Belfast, UK. Her research and publications are located within feminist security studies and critical military studies with an additional focus on reproductive justice activism and storytelling as feminist political practice. She has conducted research in/on Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Ireland, Malta, Poland, and the UK.

    Clara Eroukhmanoff is Senior Lecturer in International Relations in the School of Law and Social Sciences at London South Bank University, UK. Her current research lies at the intersection of feminist writing in International Relations, gender and foreign policy, with a particular focus on French feminist diplomacy, US declinism, the remasculinisation of international politics and anti-genderism, and Trumpism.