The EU often seeks to project its internal identity as a gender equal polity in its external relations normative and policy frameworks. The implementation of these frameworks, however, are dependent on specific knowledge and processes that emerge from the local contexts of the implementers. As such, contestations across the "gender in external relations" field are expected owing to the specificities of varying institutional cultures/practice contexts. So, how does the European Union (EU) practice "gender" in external relations? This project aims to contribute new knowledge to both EU foreign policy and studies on global security and development via the implementation of the global normative framework, the Women Peace and Security agenda, and the initiative to eradicate gender-based violence, the Spotlight Initiative. Overall, this research seeks to generate novel insights into feminist ambitions in global governance more broadly, drawing on an analytical framework grounded in critical feminisms.