Amid intensifying competition with China, it is critical that the role of women is considered in U.S. efforts to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific. Research demonstrates that peacebuilding and security programs and policies are more successful when they ensure the full participation of women. Recognizing this, the U.S. Women, Peace and Security Strategy aims to promote women’s participation in conflict prevention, resolution and post-conflict reconstruction and mandates the Department of Defense to integrate gender perspectives into defense operations and initiatives. The United States Indo-Pacific Command has been at the forefront of these efforts.

On June 21, USIP hosted a panel discussion with members of U.S. INDOPACOM, who discussed why gender-inclusive policies are critical to security in the region. Opening remarks were followed by a panel discussion on progress toward expanding gender-inclusion in security strategy and operations across the region.

Continue the conversation on Twitter using #WPSIndoPac.

Speakers

Air Commodore Chris Robson
WPS General Officer, United States Indo-Pacific Command

Brigadier General Maura M. Hennigan
President, Marine Corps University

Sharon Gouveia Feist
Gender Advisor, United States Indo-Pacific Command

Dr. Jennifer Staats
Director of East Asia and Pacific Programs, USIP

Dr. Kathleen Kuehnast, moderator
Director, Women, Peace and Security, USIP

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