Feminist foreign Policy and the battle for civil society in Europe
In the fall of 2014 , the Swedish government launched an expressly “feminist” foreign policy (FFP). Equality between men and women was now to permeate all aspects of Swedish foreign policy in the entirety of the foreign ministry, including the more than 100 embassies and delegations that represent Sweden around the world. The importance of civil society in this effort was made clear. Indeed, one central dimension in carrying out the FFP is the emphasis on cooperation with civil society actors abroad. The FFP thus follows the new “network” or “polylateral” character of diplomacy, as diplomacy increasingly involves reaching beyond formal state representatives to connect with civil society and other actors.