In 2016, the European Commission stressed the following: “If key actions and gender mainstreaming were necessary, so was the allocation of relevant EU-level funding”. To address this situation, gender budgeting comes into play.
Feminist strategies in peace and security are crucial to ensure fundamental rights inside and outside the EU. A meaningful commitment from the EU towards a gender-sensitive response is key. Sexual and gender-based violence at EU’s external borders can only be tackled by embracing feminist activism in policy-making – and by voting those politicians who do so.