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GenDip: Gender and Diplomacy, Women in Diplomacy

Ambassadors Margareta Winberg (right, former Swedish Ambassador to Brazil) and Per Rydberg (left, former Swedish Ambassador to Israel) in Stockholm, 2004-08-23. Source: Fredrik Persson/TT Nyhetsbyrån.

Welcome to the research program GenDip!

Diplomacy – the official relations between governments by other means than military force – is a central institution of international politics. The GenDip program aims to map and analyze the changing character of diplomacy as carried out by men, women and other career diplomats around the world. In the nineteenth and much of the twentieth centuries, diplomacy was an all-male institution, practiced by men and infused by norms of masculinity. In the 2000s, a rapidly increasing number of women have entered the diplomatic arena.

The GenDip program provides a collaborative platform for researchers to address crucial questions about the changing gender character of diplomacy, including:

• What has happened to diplomacy as a result of the entry of women?
• How did women come to enter diplomacy in larger numbers?
• How had diplomacy become an all-male institution to begin with?

The program is committed to producing research that is empirically novel, theoretically innovative and of relevance to the diplomatic community and public at large.

The GenDip program is led by Professor Ann Towns, Wallenberg Academy Fellow, and consists of a research group at the Department of Political Science of the University of Gothenburg as well as an international research network (the GenDip Network).

The program is funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation and the Swedish Research Council.



















Aggestam, Karin and Ann Towns (2018),
The Gender Turn in Diplomacy: A New Research Agenda. International Feminist Journal of Politics (published online 6 July 2018).

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