Feminist Foreign Policy: A (wo)man’s affair?

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The debate on feminist foreign policy is thriving across the world, and expectations are high for the feminist foreign policy that is currently being developed by the Dutch government. The role of women is central to this, but to achieve systemic change everyone must be included. How can we apply lessons learned from other countries? How can a feminist foreign policy contribute to a fairer world? And why is reshaping gender stereotypes and norms important to all of us?

Practical information

  • What? A high-level session with representation from the ministry, in which ambassadors, the international community and business- and policymakers in The Hague discuss how we can make feminist foreign policy a success.
  • When? Friday November 18th, 14.30 – 17.00
  • Where? The Peace Palace, The Hague


  • 14.30 – 15.00: Welcome with coffee and tea
  • 15.00 – 15.05: Opening
  • 15.05 – 15.15: Keynote
  • 15.15 – 15.30: Reflections from the Global South
  • 15.30 – 16.15: Panel discussion
  • 16.15 – 16.30: Questions from the audience
  • 16.30 – 17.30: Wrap up and reception


Ms. Reintje van Haeringen

CEO of CARE Nederland

Always has been active in the humanitarian/ development sector, with experience in Latin America, Africa and Asia where she led programs focused on poverty reduction and sustainable development in e.g. value chains, entrepreneurship and local governance processes. In 2018 Reintje became CEO of CARE Nederland.


Key note speaker: Ms. Pascalle Grotenhuis

Director Social Development & Ambassador for Women’s rights and Gender Equality at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Before, she was Director of Protocol and Host Country Affairs. From 2015 until 2018 Pascalle was the Netherlands Ambassador to Mozambique. Before that, she was heading the division for the Private Sector and Corporate Social Responsibility within the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. She joined the Ministry 17 years ago and held various positions, worked at a political institute and has worked for two Dutch NGO’s.

Panel: His Excellency Mr. François Alabrune

Ambassador of France to The Netherlands

Started his diplomatic career at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1988, and has over the course of his career represented the Republic of France in various diplomatic capacities. This has also included representation at multilateral organisations, such as the European Union, the United Nations, and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. In September of 2022, Alabrune started working as the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and permanent representative within the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

Panel: His Excellency Dr. Cyrill Jean Nunn

Ambassador of Germany to The Netherlands

Nunn has been working in the German Foreign Service since 1985. He was posted, among others, in Teheran and Rome before moving to Germany’s Permanent Representation to the European Union in Brussels. After four years spend at the Federal Chancellery in Berlin, he assumed postings in Tel Aviv and as Deputy Head of the Office of Foreign Minister Steinmeier. He was, among others, German Ambassador in Islamabad/Pakistan, Baghdad/Iraq and Cairo/Egypt before assuming his present position in The Hague.

Panel: Ms. Laila Ait Baali

Director of WO=MEN, the Dutch gender platform

Together with colleagues, members and partners, she aims for a string and diverse platform. In this way, she strives to expand her network among a broader audience and connect people and organisations from different backgrounds in order to reach gender equality.

Panel: Dr. Simon Collard-Wexler

Political Counsellor at the Embassy of Canada to the Netherlands

Simon is Political Counsellor at the Embassy of Canada to the Netherlands in The Hague. Previously, he served at the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations in New York where he chaired the 55-country Friends of Women and Peace and Security. He served in other policy roles at Global Affairs Canada working on issues such as human rights, non-proliferation and disarmament. He completed his PhD in Political Science at Columbia University.

Reflections from the Global South: Safa Rawiah

General Manager of Youth Leadership Development Foundation, Yemen

Safa Rawiah is the General Manager of Youth Leadership Development Foundation, a leading Yemeni non-governmental organisation. Safa has on-the-ground experience in development, humanitarian and peacebuilding initiatives in fragile and complex settings, with specific expertise in the empowerment of youth and women. She has received numerous international awards for her development work with these groups. Additionally, she is a chairwoman for Civil Alliance for Peace. She has an MA in International Development and Gender from the Gender and Development Studies and Research Center at Sana’a University.