House Reintroduces Women, Peace and Security Act
Representatives Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30), Mike Honda (CA-17), and Niki Tsongas (MA-03) reintroduced H.R. 2874 the Women, Peace, and Security Act which:
- Promotes the active participation of women in all aspects of conflict prevention and resolution,
- Integrates the interests of women into conflict-prevention strategies,
- Enhances women and girls’ physical safety and economic security, and
- Ensures that women and girls have equal access to aid.
“Time after time studies have demonstrated that gains for women have a direct positive effect on sustainable development, economic growth and ending violence,” said Representative Tsongas. “In addition to being a moral issue, the investment in women and girls is a matter of security, for the international community and here on our own shores. It is time to amplify their voices so that justice, peace, and equality can be heard the world over.”
FUTURES commends the sponsors on elevating the role of women and girls in U.S. foreign policy and development. President Barack Obama and Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton released the first ever U.S. National Action Plan in 2011 to help reduce violence against women and girls and expand women's roles in peace-keeping, peace-building, and reducing conflict. This plan was developed as a result of the United States commitment to U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.
"The U.S. National Action Plan was an incredibly important step in our nation's effort to create futures without violence for all of us and the Women, Peace and Security Act seeks to codify that endeavor," said Futures Without Violence President and Founder Esta Soler. “We know that women and girls are disproportionately harmed by conflict and rape as a weapon of war, but what this legislation makes clear is that women are also the solution. The international community must begin to see women and girls for what they really are: agents of change.”