Women, Peace, and Security Act Introduced in the Senate
The Women, Peace, and Security Act was introduced this week in the Senate by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL). We applaud Congress’s bipartisan support of legislation, which would:
- Promote the active participation of women in all aspects of conflict prevention and resolution,
- Integrate the interests of women into conflict-prevention strategies,
- Enhance women and girls’ physical safety and economic security, and
- Ensure that women and girls have equal access to aid.
The act would codify into law the commitments outlined in the National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security, which was released by President Barack Obama and Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2011 to help reduce violence against women and girls, and expand women's roles in reducing conflict.
“For too long, women have been left out of peace negotiations – even though they are disproportionately affected by these conflicts,” Sen. Boxer said. “It is critical that women are full and active partners in the resolution of conflicts around the world.”
The act was reintroduced last year in the House of Representatives, led by Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30), Rep. Mike Honda (CA-17), and Rep. Niki Tsongas (MA-03).
"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 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.”
For more information about the Women, Peace, and Security Act, click here.