Today, the White House announced the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security. In 2000, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 1325, marking the first formal mechanism to advance the critical role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflict. In an important step towards realizing UNSCR 1325's goals, the Administration has reaffirmed U.S. commitment to women's rights and empowerment and has laid out a national action plan to ensure all the national security and foreign relations tools of the U.S. government support the full and equal participation of women in peace processes worldwide.
"More than half of all peace agreements fail within the first ten years of being signed. Among the most significant factors contributing to this poor success rate is the lack of non-combatant participants, especially women--who have accounted for less than eight percent of all participants in major peace processes in the past two decades," Congressman Carnahan said. "Yet, around the world, from Liberia to Northern Ireland, we have not only seen the disproportionate impact conflict has on women's lives, but we've also witnessed their powerful contributions to conflict resolution, more inclusive governance, and lasting stability."
"I commend the Administration for prioritizing women's full and equal participation in peace processes. The National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security will support women's rights and help build a more peaceful and prosperous world. I am committed to working with my colleagues to ensure the plan's effective implementation."