“Voices from Farnesina” Podcast: EULEX Mission Analytical Capability Analyst Speaks about Women’s Participation in EU Civilian Missions

05 August 2022

On 5 August, the Mission Analytical Capability Analyst of the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX), Sara Barbieri, took part as a guest speaker in an episode of the podcast series “Voices from Farnesina” (Voci dalla Farnesina), produced by Italy’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, in cooperation with ANSA news agency.

The episode focused on the topic of women’s participation in EU civilian missions.

Commenting on the engagement of women in the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) Missions, Barbieri said that it can truly make a difference, pointing out how women have important roles in EULEX, such as Acting Head of Office of the Head of Mission, Spokesperson, and Chief of the Correctional Unit.

Looking back to her previous experience with the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM), Barbieri talked about the importance of involving women in the negotiation processes: “When there are unresolved conflicts, there are concrete issues that affect the lives of people. The importance of including women into negotiations - not as minute takers, but as active actors- comes from the simple observation that a woman brings a perspective closer to the needs of half of the population, which would not be properly represented otherwise, namely children, girls and women”.

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