June 02, 2024

Letter from the CEO June 2024

Dear Friends of Utah Global Diplomacy,

On Thursday, June 6, from 11:00 to 11:45 a.m. MDT in Utah (10:00 - 10:45 a.m. MST in Arizona), I invite you to join me for a virtual conversation with Kristina Lunz, author of The Future of Foreign Policy is Feminist, hosted by the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations.

At its core, feminist foreign policy is not just a concept, but a game-changer for diplomacy. It emphasizes equality, peace, and human rights, challenging traditional power dynamics and seeking to address the root causes of conflict. Lunz argues that incorporating female viewpoints, values, and experiences into foreign policy can foster a more equitable world and enhance the effectiveness of diplomatic efforts. By prioritizing the well-being of all individuals, particularly marginalized groups, feminist foreign policy can lead to more sustainable and peaceful international relations. 

However, time and time again, we see that the problem isn't women's ability to foster logic and tactics, human-centered approaches, collaborative leadership, inclusivity, and long-term peace and security solutions. We do all of this and more. The problem is that women are not invited to the tables where critical conversations and decisions are made.

One of the most notable examples is the United States' withdrawal from Afghanistan. In September 2020, the intra-Afghan peace talks took place in Doha, Qatar with only four women present, and at a later round of negotiations in Moscow, only one woman was present, regardless of the fact that Afghan women played a significant role in peacebuilding and civil society efforts.

When women sit at the table, we bring a unique perspective, build trust, foster empathy and understanding, promote cooperation, and devise creative and sustainable resolutions. Our presence is not just beneficial but essential for effective diplomacy.

At Utah Global Diplomacy, we are dedicated to fostering global mutual understanding and international goodwill by building a bigger table where everyone can sit. This proverbial table is built one handshake at a time.

For this reason, I'm thrilled to host a conversation with Kristina Lunz about her visionary work. Lunz offers a roadmap that places women in the driver's seat leading to more inclusive diplomatic solutions.  We will explore new strategies and perspectives that can serve as a vital tool for enhancing soft power diplomacy in Utah and building a more just and peaceful world.

I hope you will join me.

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Felecia Maxfield-Barrett
President & CEO
Utah Global Diplomacy