There is still a lot to do in the field of women’s rights and gender equality, both internationally and in the Federal Foreign Office. “Women’s rights are one of the most pressing political issues of our time,” said Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.
Small arms kill more than half a million people worldwide every year – many of whom are women. In spite of this, women are rarely included in efforts to tackle the problem. The global Gender Equality Network for Small Arms Control seeks to change this.
Germany is working at international level to prevent abuse within the context of crisis management and humanitarian assistance.
For decades, one of the most serious conflicts in recent times has been simmering in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. During his visit, Foreign Minister Maas underscored Germany’s commitment to stabilisation and the protection of women in conflicts.
At the Latin America-Caribbean Conference in the Federal Foreign Office on 28 May, Foreign Minister Maas met up with numerous Foreign Ministers from Latin America and the Caribbean to launch the Latin America and Caribbean Initiative