27 September 2022 Conference: Feminist Development Policy – Transforming International Cooperation

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is honoured to invite you to a high-level conference on feminist development policy as a response to multiple global crises.

Svenja Schulze, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development
We are living in times of multiple crises that are making existing gender inequalities particularly evident. The reasons for this are discriminatory social structures, norms, and roles, which must be overcome if we want to achieve gender equality and sustainable democracies. And this is precisely why we need a feminist development policy, especially in times of crisis.
Svenja Schulze German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development

Women and girls in all their diversity are key agents of change for socially, economically, and ecologically sustainable development and lasting peace. Yet, no country in the world has achieved gender equality.

In order to accelerate progress, I have adopted a feminist development policy that is aimed at a gender-just society and equal participation of all people in the social, political and economic spheres.

At the event, I would like to engage in a discussion with high-ranking participants and with practitioners from civil society and international organizations on important features of Germany’s new feminist approach to development cooperation.

The main objective of the event is to receive further input and have an exchange on best practices, approaches, and core elements of a feminist development policy. Moreover, peacebuilders and activists from the Middle East and North Africa region will illustrate the crucial role women play in peace and dialogue processes and share their expectations of a feminist development policy. The programme will be rounded off by creative and activist input on our feminist future.

Federal Minister Svenja Schulze during her speech at the conference "Feminist Development Policy – Transforming International Cooperation" on 27 September 2022
Cover programme of the conference "Feminist development policy – transforming international cooperation"

Conference agenda

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cover speakers booklet

Speakers’ Profile Booklet

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Agenda Item


08:45–09:30 a.m.

Registration, Coffee

09:30–09:40 a.m.


Minu Hemmati // Moderator

09:40–10:00 a.m.


Svenja Schulze // Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany

10:00–10:05 a.m.

Welcome Message

Sima Bahous // Executive Director, UN Women

10:05–10:50 a.m.

Panel I: Feminist Approaches in the Limelight – Discussing Key Elements and Good Practices

Svenja Schulze // Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany

Alvaro Bermejo// Director-General International Planned Parenthood Federation, IPPF (tbc)

Thokozani Mbwana // Policy, Research, Advocacy, Pan Africa ILGA (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association)

Spogmay Ahmed // W7 Advisor, Senior Global Policy Advocate, International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)

10:50 – 11:05 a.m.

Coffee break

11:05–11:15 a.m.

Live Performance

Enana Alassar // Singer and songwriter

11:15 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

Panel II: Realities and Demands: Women as Change and Peace Agents in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

Åsa Regner // Deputy Executive Director, UN Women

Hind Al-Eryani // Journalist and Human Rights Activist, Member of Yemeni Women's Pact for Peace and Security (Yemen)

Suzan Aref // CEO of Women Empowerment Organisation Iraq, W7 Advisor (Iraq)

Rida al-Tubuly // Co-Founder and Director of Together We Build It (Libya)

Taban Shoresh // Founder and CEO of The Lotus Flower, Member of Action Network on Forced Displacement (Iraq)

Derya Türk-Nachbaur // Member of German Parliament, Committee for Economic Cooperation and Development and Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid (Germany)

12:20–12:35 p.m.

Highlights from the panel discussions – initial reactions to the expectations and demands

Vira Mistry // Young Feminist Europe

Rachel Gasser // Berghof Foundation

12:35–12:40 p.m.


Minu Hemmati // Moderator

12:40 – 2:30 p.m.

Networking Lunch

As at: 23/09/2022