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Important Steps: A Big Moment for Women, Peace, and Security in Congress

by Lila O’Brien-Milne, WAND Women, Peace, and Security Fellow On Tuesday, March 22, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs held the first-ever full committee hearing on the role of women in peace and security. The Committee heard testimony from Monica McWilliams, Professor of Women’s Studies at the Transitional Justice Institute at Ulster University and signatory […]

Prediction and Prevention: Wartime Sexual Assault

by Lila O’Brien-Milne, WAND Women, Peace, and Security Fellow “When we see these things it’s tempting to categorize it as evil, but that’s not enough because it allows us to put it aside as something we can’t understand.” – Ambassador Catherine Russell, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues. Last Friday I attended an event held by […]

Women in the Military: Lessons on Leading and Women’s Expanded Role in Combat

Part of a Congressional Women, Peace, and Security Breakfast Series by Mikaela Romero, WAND Intern Washington, DC Toward the end of last month, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) sponsored a panel on women’s expanded role in the military and combat. The discussion was framed within the context of […]

United Nations Day: Cause for Celebration and Evaluation

by Hannah Parra, WAND Intern, Arlington, MA Saturday, October 24 is United Nations Day, the 70th anniversary of the organization’s founding in 1945. While recognizing the importance of this day for international cooperation, it is equally as important to acknowledge the role the United Nations has played in furthering gender equality and empowering women in […]

It’s Been 15 Years; We Need to Get This Right

  By Sharon Zimmerman, Director of Strategy and Planning for Women, Peace, and Security and Lila O’Brien-Milne, Women, Peace and Security Intern United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) on Women, Peace, and Security turns 15 years old this month. UNSCR 1325 is a landmark international policy agenda designed to address the changing nature […]

Women, Peace, and Security Act Reintroduced

The Women Peace and Security Act has been reintroduced in the Senate! U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Mark Kirk (R-IL), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today introduced the Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2015 (S.224). The bipartisan legislation would codify in law the commitments contained in the United States National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security […]

UNSCR 1325 Women, Peace, and Security Anniversary Week in New York

By Julie L. Arostegui, J.D., Women, Peace, and Security Policy Director Last week I was in New York for 1325 anniversary week, which marks the United Nations Security Council’s passage of its landmark Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security on October 31, 2000. Recognizing the gendered nature of today’s conflicts, UNSCR 1325 and its […]

First Ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Highlights the Importance of Investing in Women for Peace and Prosperity

By Julie L. Arostegui, J.D., Women, Peace and Security Policy Director This week, President Obama is hosting the first ever U.S.- Africa Leaders Summit. Leaders of 50 African states convened yesterday, August 4, in Washington, D.C. for a forum that will go until August 6 that aims to advance the Administration’s focus on trade and investment […]

Independence Day: Saltpeter, Pins

  by Jessie Calkins, WAND Communications Officer As Independence Day fireworks shine in the sky over cities and towns across the U.S. this week and the nation celebrates its 238th birthday, history is repeating itself. In conflict-affected areas across the world from Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan, to the Central African Republic and beyond, some things […]

In Solidarity With Iraqi Women This Ramadan

        by Pia Furkan, WAND Washington, DC Intern When I wake up at 3 am and look outside to see that everything is still and silent, it almost feels as if I am the only one up. Then I realize that many Muslim households are awake and putting food on the stove […]

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