The U.S. Civil Society Working Group for Women, Peace and Security (WPS) convened legislators, practitioners and peacebuilding organizations to discuss how the pandemic has affected peacebuilding efforts, how we can institute the principles of WPS within the U.S. context, and what we can learn from peacebuilders past and present to help solve the unique challenges of this era.
We have a long way to go when it comes to building back up our democracy in the years to come—we can no longer ignore the deep crevices in the foundation of our republic. But there is one thing that we can all agree on: One person should not have the sole authority to launch nuclear weapons.
“The government does not set out to discriminate. Rather, it overlooks its own bias because it does not take the trouble to assess how policies affect women. Government budgets are supposed to be ‘gender-neutral;’ in fact, they are gender-ignorant.”
Abolitionist and suffragette Julia Ward Howe’s 1870 “Mother’s Day Proclamation” called for advancing peace and equality. Centuries later, her words still ring true.
President Trump has another chance to substantively include women at his second meeting with Kim Jong Un tonight—not because it is the right thing to do, but because it is the smart thing to do. But I’m not holding my breath.