Conclusion: The Quest for Gender Justice in Diplomacy

  • Karin Aggestam
  • Ann E. Towns
Part of the Studies in Diplomacy and International Relations book series (SID)


In this last chapter, a series of more general propositions about contemporary gender and diplomacy are identified from the contributions to this book. First, it provides a historical narrative on the exclusions and inclusions in diplomacy over time, suggesting the contours of general trends in the quest to end formal barriers and bring about gender parity. Second, it critically analyses the gendered diplomatic infrastructure and how it still tends towards masculinised norms, homo-social environments and gendered division of labour. The chapter concludes with a discussion about the quest for gender justice in diplomacy and a note on some positive indicators that have been triggered by external as well as internal push-factors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karin Aggestam
    • 1
  • Ann E. Towns
    • 2
  1. 1.Lund UniversityLundSweden
  2. 2.University of GothenburgGothenburgSweden

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