Opportunities for a More Inclusive Indian Foreign Policy - 2nd edition - Foundation Office India
In April 2022, after a year and a half of research and extensive consultations, the first edition of this report was released by the then Ambassador of Sweden to India and subsequently presented to a larger audience at a side event of the Raisina Dialogue. Simultaneously, we saw the idea of pushing for a greater gender lens in a more concerted manner grow across sectors both in India and globally. We also saw India begin and successfully conduct a G20 presidency with a focus on women-led development, where numerous engagement groups incorporated the importance of gender mainstreaming into the debate. At the Voice of the Global South Summit, India brought together perspectives of developing countries and emerging economies that are not often given space at the high table, perspectives that it has promised to carry forward. This speaks to the very core of inclusivity that we advocate for in this report. This edition is an updated version of what was released in 2022 with the idea that while many of the themes, challenges and solutions have not drastically changed, some of the data has – data that shows progress along with new policies and frameworks; data that indicates change towards a more inclusive future. Since the release of our first report, more countries have either announced a feminist foreign policy or an intention towards one; a small but growing group. We still believe that India is at the cusp of true transformation and has the power and ability to influence the global feminist foreign policy conversation to make it truly inclusive.
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