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The third event in the In Focus series ‘A Feminist EU in the World?’ focuses on the role of the European Union as a global trade actor. The panel participants have background in both academia and a policy making and include: Susan Harris Rimmer, Silke Trommer and Maya Taselaar.

Event details of The EU and a Feminist Global Trade
Date 12 April 2021
Time 10:00 -11:15

The panel debate will critically evaluate the EU’s contribution to the promoting feminist perspectives in global trade governance. How can the EU promote more trade agreements that are more inclusive of gender questions? What are the effects of EU trade policy on other (especially developing) countries in the global arena? Can the EU contribute to redefining the purpose of global trade in ways that value, prioritize and support progressive forms of social reproduction? The debate includes experts with experience in policy and academia, creating a unique forum to discuss the current challenges and the proposals for a more feminist EU trade policy.

About the speakers

Susan Harris Rimmer (Griffith University)  is a Professor and the Director of the Griffith University Policy Innovation Hub. She is an expert in women’s rights and international law. She was involved with the creation of the position of the Global Ambassador for Women and Girls; and supported the creation of the W20 summit in Turkey, and the C20 in Australia (civil society grouping giving policy advice to the G20).

Silke Trommer (Manchester University) works as a Senior Lecturer in Comparative Public Policy at the University of Manchester. Together with Dr Adrienne Roberts, Politics, University of Manchester, and Dr Erin Hannah, King's University College at Western University, she holds a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight Development grant titled "She Trades: Gendering Global Trade Governance". The purpose of the research is to explore how and why the idea of adressing the gender-differential impact of trade is currently becoming a global policy norm.

Maya Taselaar (Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs) works as a trade policy officer responsible for gender issues at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She has studied at University College Utrecht, Nanyang Technological University and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

About the series

This series Gender and Sexuality in European (Geo)politics brings together practitioners and scholars from different disciplines engaging both in conceptual and theoretical debates around feminist and intersectional theory, as well as discussing concrete policy debates linked to the role of gender, sexuality and intersectionality. The events will focus on topics including: projections of (racialized) femininities and masculinities in European identity, discourses and practices; gender and populism in Europe; gender and race in migration policy; gender equality in the EU, and the theory and practice of feminist foreign policy in the European context.

In Focus: A Feminist EU in the World

This ‘In Focus’ subseries zooms in on the European Union’s ambitions to become a feminist or gender actor in the world. The world faces increasing levels of poverty and inequality, rising militarism, protracted conflicts, and a pressing climate crisis. Women are affected disproportionately by these harms, while their involvement in decision-making processes to overcome these problems is marginalized at best. In fact, recent years have seen a massive encroachment on the rights of women, and marginalized groups, as well as backlash against feminist, human rights and climate justice activism. Feminist activists, scholars and policy-makers have long argued that there can be no peace and that these challenges cannot and should not be tackled without an intersectional feminist approach. In this series, we discuss such a feminist approach in relation to the EU’s external action.    

Series coordinators:

Pola Cebulak: Humanities Faculty, Department of European Studies and Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational and European Studies

Hanna L. Muehlenhoff: Humanities Faculty, Department of European Studies and Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational and European Studies

Lara Talsma: Law Faculty, Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL) and the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG)