Women and girls make up half of the world’s population, but still have nowhere near half of its power and resources. Feminist policy recognises that women and girls have enormous potential that they have so far been unable to contribute fully. They have ‘strength, knowledge, special abilities and innovative ideas’, says German Development Minister Svenja Schulze. And these skills should not go to waste. Feminist policy aims to redress imbalances of power and thus enable equal participation for all.
Fair, smart and current
All over the world, women face disadvantages. Feminist development policy aims to address the causes of this inequality.
Is feminist development policy only about women?
It is about giving everyone the opportunity to live a self-determined life and to play an equal part in social processes. Feminist development policy aims to break down barriers and obstacles that stand in the way of this goal. This applies to all marginalised groups, but particularly women and girls, as they are affected most by this kind of inequality in terms of numbers. It is therefore not a policy by women for women, but a question of equalisation, prosperity and social cohesion – factors that ultimately benefit everyone.
How are gender equality and sustainable development connected?
Gender equality is key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. If women have equal rights and equal responsibility, then there is less poverty, less hunger, less environmental pollution, more prosperity and more stability. For example, if women were active on the labour market to a similar extent to men, the International Monetary Fund estimates that growth in some countries could increase by as much as 35 per cent.
What countries have feminist foreign and development policies in place?
Sweden was the first country to introduce such a policy in 2014, followed by Canada, Luxembourg, France, Mexico, Spain and others. The topic first came to the fore in Germany in 2022. GIZ is supporting the German Government in implementing feminist development policy at various levels, including in international cooperation projects.
More on this topic online
- Feminist development policy (BMZ )
- How to Close Gender Gaps and Grow the Global Economy (IMF)
- PASSION. PROOF. POWER. (ICRW)
- Feminist Foreign and Development Policy (German only) (UN Women Deutschland)
- What does feminist development policy mean (German only) (ONE Deutschland)
- Minister Schulze: How feminist can development policy be? (German only) (Tagesschau)
D.T. Romain Georges Arnaud Akéminou
BPA / Steffen Kugler