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Gender Equity As A National Security Priority In Germany And The United States

March 8, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am EST

It has been said that when women do better, countries do better. However, globally gender equity is lagging. In late 2020, the European Union adapted a Feminist Foreign Policy, in which the principle of equality between women and men became core value of the EU. It also requires increased female presentation in leadership roles and increased development assistance to programs promoting gender equity. Likewise, the Biden-Harris Administration has put gender equity in the forefront of decision-making by creating the Gender Policy Council. These new policies and priorities will reshape how foreign policy and national security are conducted.

Join us on March 8 – International Women’s Day – at 9:00 am ET for a discussion about how gender equity is a priority for foreign policy and national security with Member of the European Parliament Hannah Neumann (Greens), who spearheaded the Feminist Foreign Policy; Dr. Armgard von Reden, Chairwoman of Women in International Security Germany; and Julia Santucci, former Senior Advisor in the Secretary of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues during the Obama Administration.

Hannah Neumann is a Member of the European Parliament where she serves as the Peace and Human Rights Coordinator for the Greens / EFA Group, Vice-Chair of the Human Rights Committee (DROI), Member of the committees on Foreign Affairs (AFET) and Security and Defense Policy (SEDE), as well as Chair of the Delegation for Relations to the Arabian Peninsula (DARP).

Ms. Neumann studied media sciences and peace and conflict studies, which is also the subject she chose for her PhD. Her academic career brought her to Ilmenau, Berlin, Manila and Monrovia. Before joining the European Parliament, she was a self-employed expert and consultant for peace projects, i.a. in projects for the United Nations, the Society for International Cooperation, the European Commission, the DGAP, GPPi and aid organizations. She advised ministries and non-governmental organizations on campaigns on anti-discrimination, promotion of democracy, climate protection on the local level and human rights. From 2013 until 2016, she worked as policy advisor in the German Bundestag.

Dr. Armgard von Reden is the Chairwoman of WIIS.de (Women in International Security Germany) and a strategy consultant based in Berlin, advising companies on diversity and data protection issues. She also teaches international, data protection, and security management at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Leibniz University in Hanover.

She joined IBM in 1987 and from 2002 to 2011 she held the position of Director of Government Programs for Germany, Russia and the CIS countries. From 2001 until 2010 she was the Chief Privacy Officer for IBM in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Before that, she held various international management positions at IBM in Paris, Brussels, and elsewhere. In the 1990s, she took a leave of absence to serve as the head of the communications department of the President of the Bundestag, Rita Süßmuth, for three years. Before joining IBM, she worked as a legislative assistant at the U.S. Congress (House and Senate), and was a freelance journalist in the U.S. for German newspapers and The Economist
Julia Santucci is Senior Lecturer in Intelligence Studies and Director of the Hesselbein Forum Leadership Program in International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Ms. Santucci has over a decade of experience in national security and foreign policy positions. She served as a senior advisor in the Secretary of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues from 2015 to 2017, where she worked to advance gender equality as a core U.S. foreign policy priority. This included work to integrate women’s issues into U.S. efforts to counter terrorism and violent extremism globally. From 2012 to 2014, she served as director for Egypt at the National Security Council, providing advice to the President of the United States and the national security advisor on coordinating U.S. policy toward Egypt across the interagency. She worked for 10 years as a leadership analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency, where she provided written assessments and oral briefings to the president, Cabinet members, and other senior officials to help inform their decision making around developments in the Middle East.


March 8, 2021
9:00 am - 10:00 am
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