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“Women should have access to the same opportunities and be able to make the same choices as men. Experience shows that countries are more peaceful and prosperous when women are accorded full and equal rights and opportunity. When those rights and opportunities are denied, countries often lag behind.” U.S. National Security Strategy, 2010, p. 38

September, 2012 | News
U.S. Agencies Move to Implement National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security

Two U.S. government agencies, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development, recently issued detailed implementation plans to carry forward the work of the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.
 

December 21, 2011 | News
U.S. Unveils Action Plan for Women, Peace, and Security

On December 19, 2011, President Barack Obama signed an executive order creating a U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security. The launch of the National Action Plan comes 11 years after the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security.

May 5-6, 2011 | Event
Women & War Book Launch and Symposium

The U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP), Peace Research Institute-Oslo (PRIO), and Royal Norwegian Embassy hosted a book launch and international symposium on the next decade of UNSCR 1325 on the afternoon of May 5th and all day on May 6th. The symposium further examined the issues of women and war, power and protection in the 21st century, and explored the implementation of gender-sensitive policies in defense, diplomacy, development, and the role of documentary film, media and the arts in this endeavor. | Watch videos from the Women & War Symposium
 

November 3-5, 2010 | Event
Women and War Conference

On November 3-5, 2010 the U.S. Institute of Peace and its partners hosted a three-day Women and War Conference focused on the varied experiences of women during wartime and how to make sustained progress toward international peace and security. The conference featured an extraordinary coalition of national and international participants, including U.N. and U.S. government officials, the international diplomatic communities, military personnel, academics, civil society leaders, and practitioners in the fields of security, development, and conflict resolution. | Watch videos of the Women and War Conference

July 27, 2010 | Event Video
Women, Peace, and Security: Fulfilling the Vision of 1325

Watch a video of this working meeting where participants discussed the tenth anniversary of UNSC 1325. Panelists discussed its history, lessons, and experiences of the last ten years. | Watch the video

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