EU launches WEDIN EU, the WomEn DIplomats Network of the EU
Today, the European External Action Service (EEAS) launches the WomEn DIplomats Network (“WEDIN EU”), a network of networks of EU Member States and EEAS women diplomats.
Women diplomats from EU Member States and the EEAS, including leaders of networks of Member States’ Ministries for Foreign Affairs, will exchange best practices to facilitate women diplomats’ careers and discuss the important role of women in diplomacy, and more broadly the promotion of gender equality in the world.
The inauguration event will take place at the Fondation Universitaire and will be opened by Helena König, Deputy Secretary General of the EEAS and Chair of the Women in the EEAS (WEEAS) network. Federica Mogherini, Rector of the College of Europe and former EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, will deliver a keynote speech.
With the official launch of this network, EU Member States and the EEAS further commit to advance the EU’s values of diversity and equality, and to support gender equality through their work in the rest of the world.
The “Women in the EEAS” network was created by former EEAS Secretary General Helga Schmid, back in 2013, under the authority of the then High Representative Catherine Ashton. It aimed at providing a platform for the exchange of information, experiences and ideas among women professionals in the EEAS.
In 2021, WEEAS started linking up with networks of women diplomats in EU Member States. In January 2022, the Network of the networks agreed to reinforce networks of European women diplomats to facilitate careers of women diplomats and reinforce a feminist diplomacy that promotes equality between men and women in the world.