Ellinor von Puttkamer became the first female Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1969. She thus paved the way for a foreign policy based on equal rights in which diplomacy is not a “man’s world”. The official name of a room at the Foreign Office now stands as a tribute to her success.
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.
Every day, two cases of sexualized violence are recorded in the conflict-hit regions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Germany is tackling the topic of sexualized violence in conflicts in the UN Security Council via Resolution 2467.
The ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting is being held in Madrid on 15 and 16 December. The meeting, the only format that regularly brings all EU Foreign Ministers together with their Asian counterparts, this year aims to issue a signal for a strong, rules-based global order.
The work of the Unidas network of and for women from Germany, Latin America and the Caribbean is gathering pace. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is patron of the network. In addition to the launch of its online platform, Unidas will also award an annual Prize for Women’s Rights and Democracy.
Video message by Minister of State Michelle Müntefering to the second meeting of the African Women's Leaders Network in Addis Ababa, 24 April 2018.