On June 11, the White House released the United States Strategy on Women, Peace, and Security (WPS Strategy), which aims to include and empower women in the areas of peacekeeping and national security.
The WPS Strategy extends from the Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2017. The implementation of the WPS Strategy makes the United States the first ever nation with both a comprehensive law on Women, Peace, and Security, as well as a whole-of-government strategy to address such a law.
The strategy recognizes that women globally are underrepresented in peacekeeping efforts, and cites research that suggests that peace talks are more likely to succeed when women are part of the process. The overall goal of the strategy is an “end state whereby women can meaningfully participate in preventing, mediating, and resolving conflict and countering terrorism, in ways that promote stable and lasting peace, including in conflict-affected areas.”
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Author: Vincent Milano