Publication / 30 October 2023

Reimagining Trade and Investment through a Feminist Lens

Last year, in 2022, the Netherlands announced that it would join a growing number of pioneering countries that are proposing their own Feminist Foreign Policy (FFP). Going forward, the Netherlands will focus increasing attention on inclusive processes of policy  development and financing within the country's foreign policy. This bold development will help to ensure respect for women's and human rights, and to increase gender equality in Dutch foreign policy, including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ+) rights.

The Dutch commitment to FFP promises to turn a feminist lens on all aspects of foreign policy: security, trade and investment, tax, diplomacy, and international cooperation. This welcome announcement has re-ignited conversations around dreams of a feminist future, especially within social and environmental justice movements in the Netherlands and beyond.

Within the pages of this report, we – as members of the Fair, Green & Global (FGG) Alliance – want to inspire policy-makers and other stakeholders by sharing our visions of what a feminist future might look like in practice. Our proposals are  developed in close collaboration with FGG partner organisations in the global South, who stressed the importance of jointly approaching Dutch policy-makers. The proposals are offered in the spirit of constructive collaboration as Dutch policy-makers create the building blocks for a forward-looking FFP on trade, investment, and tax for the  Netherlands – a policy that prioritises women's human rights, care, and the planet above profit.

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