Women in Diplomacy

Women are still underrepresented in diplomacy, foreign policy and public policy, particularly in senior positions. This is despite a proliferation of networks advocating for women across sectors, purported support by numerous governments for increasing women’s representation in negotiations and research illustrating the benefits of including women in negotiations.

This project at LSE IDEAS was set up to help address this issue, understand what obstacles remain and how they can be overcome. The project hopes to create better access to and accelerate women’s representation in international organisations, share knowledge and tools to effectively do so and support structural change.

Our 'Women in Diplomacy’ Project aims to:

  • Develop research, academic knowledge, and practice/strategy on issues relating to women representation and leadership across diplomacy, international affairs and foreign policy
  • Bring together experts, scholars, practitioners to advance knowledge, practical solutions, and understanding/outlook
  • Build partnerships with those working on similar issues to further promote practical solutions (e.g. resources and recommendations; research insights, etc.)

In addition, ‘Women in Diplomacy’ aims to further support LSE IDEAS in ensuring a balanced representation of women across the Executive MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy Programme faculty, events, and other think tank initiatives.


The Women in Diplomacy events aim to engage the public in discussion on women leadership across international organisations and the impact, importance and the potential of gender equality.

Upcoming Events

Women in Climate Diplomacy
Online public event, 6.30 to 7.30pm GMT, Wednesday 16 February

Ermira Fida, Danae Kyriakopoulou, Bernice Lee, and Karen Smith explore the role of women in climate diplomacy.

Click here for more information and to register for the webinar.

Past Events

Women in Diplomacy
Wednesday 20 October 2021

Maria Assunta Accili Sabbatini, Maud Dlomo, Michaela Muscat Spaak and Pilar Saborio de Rocafort discuss the role of women in diplomacy in the 21st century. The panellists consider the extent to which the context has changed over the course of their careers and the work that remains to be done to improve women’s representation in diplomacy.

Research and Publications

More details will be announced soon.


We continue to build our network. If you are interested in the project at LSE IDEAS, please reach out to m.m.kozielska@lse.ac.uk.




Professor Karen Smith is Head of the Department of International Relations at LSE.


Marta Kozielska manages the LSE IDEAS Alumni Network and the Women in Diplomacy Project.