Author: mariaisabelle

Maria Isabelle Wieser is the deputy director of foraus – Swiss Forum on Foreign Policy and person in charge of the bureau romand. Before taking over this position in September 2018, she co-founded the foraus Gender programme, which was launched in May 2017. Maria Isabelle Wieser has a background in political science and European studies from the University of Geneva, with a focus on gender and feminist foreign policy.

Too Many Men – The Implications on Gender Dynamics of Asia’s Male Surplus

Maria Isabelle Wieser - Asia has a male surplus unprecedented in human history: men outnumber women by 70 million in India and China. The consequences of this imbalance are far reaching and include security and crime, labour markets, real estate, everyday interactions between men, women and the wider society – and, notably, gender dynamics.

Women's Economic Equality as a Swiss Foreign Policy Objective: What Needs to Be Done?

By Lena Holzer and Maria Isabelle Wieser - One of the key objectives of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs' (FDFA) new strategy on gender equality and women's rights is to enhance women's economic empowerment and ensure equal opportunities for women and men working in the department. What concrete measures are needed to achieve these objectives? The FDFA's new strategy on gender equality and women’s […]

Gender Diversität in der Politik: Sind die Schweiz und Serbien gleich auf?

Maria Isabelle Wieser und Lena Holzer – Am Mittwoch wählt das Schweizer Parlament einen neuen Bundesrat oder eine neue Bundesrätin. In der Schweiz wird darüber diskutiert, ob es wichtiger ist, einer weiblichen oder tessiner Vertretung den Sitz von Didier Burkhalter zu überlassen. Serbien hingegen hat den Ministerpräsidentenposten nicht nur zum ersten Mal mit einer Frau, sondern sogar mit einer bekennenden Lesbe besetzt. Und das, obwohl die […]

Women Can’t Have it (At) All: Why the Abortion Debate is More Sexist than it Seems

Maria Isabelle Wieser – With Simone Veil’s death, the world is losing an icon, a key figure in the fight to legalize abortion. Her death reminds us that women rights to access safe and legal abortions has been a milestone in history which needs to be protected. In recent years, there has been a marked trend to restrict this access by right-wing populist politicians. However, we need […]