Kristina Lunz

Mercator Fellow on International Affairs, Mercator Program Center for International Affairs & German Federal Foreign Office
Year(s):
2014
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15

In 2015 I graduated from the MSc Global Governance and Diplomacy together with an incredible bunch of inspiring and outstanding people. During my time at ODID and since graduation I have been involved in extensive women’s rights campaigning. Amongst others, I have worked with UN Women National Committee Germany on the 'No Means No' campaign to change a German law on sexualised violence. In July 2016 the law was changed – a milestone for the women’s rights movement. I regularly give interviews on social justice and gender equality and speak on panels, for example at the European Parliament and the Global Media Forum.

I am currently a fellow of the Mercator Fellowship on International Affairs and am working on feminist foreign policy in international organisations and NGOs. More specifically, I am trying to understand how this paradigm of foreign policy can help address sexualised violence in conflicts, post-conflict situations and humanitarian crises, and create sustainable peace worldwide.

In addition I have been the research advisor on international arms trade, and international security and female empowerment for the three times Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and founder of numerous NGOs, Dr Scilla Elworthy.

The MSc – and more specifically my courses in diplomacy, security issues in fragile states, and gender and development – have taught me in theory what I need to know to be an effective social justice advocate and change maker.

The MSc – and more specifically my courses in diplomacy, security issues in fragile states, and gender and development – have taught me in theory what I need to know to be an effective social justice advocate and change maker.