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16 October 2015

Minister Steinmeier: German foreign policy has to change

On October 11, the Social Democratic Party (SPD) organised its “Outlook Congress 2015” in Mainz, where some 500 participants discussed future directions for party policies. The founder of medica mondiale, Monika Hauser, was invited to take part as an independent expert. She spoke in the session on German foreign policy, together with the German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. “Peace requires justice for men and for women!” – this was the heart of Monika Hauser’s message.

One of a total of twelve thematic workshops in the "Coface Arena" had the title: "For a peaceful and just world". How can long-term peace be supported and violence curbed? How can growing global inequality be stopped? How can we make a contribution towards more justice worldwide? These were some of the questions discussed, sometimes quite critically, by the panel and with the public. As well as Monika Hauser and the German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, other panel members for the discussion were the SPD MEP Knut Fleckenstein and Eberhard Sandschneider, Director of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP).

"The world has changed, and the Federal Foreign Office also needs to change": This was the way the Foreign Minister presented the final report: "Review 2014 - A Fresh Look at German Foreign Policy". medica mondiale welcomes the fact that this process has led to the setting of two new key issues which are to be a stronger focus of German foreign policy: crisis prevention and post-conflict rehabilitation. "This has to include the achievement of gender justice," stated Monika Hauser, calling for participation of women in peace processes and criminal prosecution of those involved in sexualised violence, which is occurring on a massive scale. As Ms Hauser continued: "Enacting women's rights enhances peace processes and has a preventative effect against armed conflict." On this, the audience in Mainz expressed strong agreement with the founder of medica mondiale.

You can read Monika Hauser's speech to the SPD Outlook Congress 2015 here.