Women and Foreign Policy Program

Founded in 2002, the Women and Foreign Policy program is now a major component of CFR's Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative. The objective of the Women and Foreign Policy program is to bring the status of women firmly into the mainstream foreign policy debate. The program seeks impact in a variety of ways, including influencing policymakers in the United States and around the world, engaging with non-governmental organizations, educating CFR's influential membership, being an important resource for academics and journalists, and raising awareness among the broader public. It accomplishes this by publishing books, articles, and op-eds; conducting research projects; holding meetings and events; and maintaining partnerships with foundations, corporations, and non-governmental organizations whose work is relevant to that of the program. Thanks in part to the program's efforts, there is now broad understanding of the importance of women's empowerment to a host of development, educational, health, security, and other global priorities.

The program's current areas of focus include:

  • Improving maternal health in Afghanistan.
  • Strengthening U.S. leadership in international reproductive health and family planning.
  • Leveraging new technology and private sector resources to empower women economically.

Please see below for relevant publications: