2015 Global Thinker Margot Wallström explains how she took on critics of her “feminist foreign policy"—and why gender equality is a matter of national security.
- By Amanda SilvermanAmanda Silverman is a story editor, print, for Foreign Policy. Before joining FP, she was an editor at The New Republic, where she worked on special projects and managed the print magazine. Amanda also spent two years at the political polling and consulting firm Benenson Strategy Group. She holds a degree in English and history from Georgetown University.
In this week’s Global Thinkers podcast, Margot Wallström, the Swedish minister for foreign affairs, talks with FP Voice Lauren Wolfe about sexual violence in conflict zones, why Gandhi still matters in global affairs, and how to empower women to be agents of change. FP Story Editor Amanda Silverman hosts.
About the participants:
Margot Wallström is a 2015 Global Thinker. She is currently serving as the Swedish minister for foreign affairs; since taking the position in 2014, she’s pushed an agenda focused on human rights, specifically championing a “feminist foreign policy”—which has ruffled some feathers at home and abroad. She is a former U.N. special representative on sexual violence in conflict and a former European Union commissioner. Follow her on Twitter: @margotwallstrom.