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.
Avril Haines, the next director of national intelligence, used her acceptance speech to emphasize the public service component of her position—and throw shade on her predecessors who continue to deny that Trump lost the election.
“You know that I have never shied away from speaking truth to power. And that will be my charge as director of national intelligence.”
Women’s rights and opportunities vary across state lines in America. The new U.S. Women, Peace and Security Index ranks all 50 states and reveals vast differences in women’s status: Massachusetts, at the top, scores almost four times better than Louisiana, at the bottom.
See where your state ranks.
“Human history has been driven by the male drive for physical security.”
Ms. had the chance to speak with Valerie Hudson, director of the Program on Women, Peace and Security at Texas A&M University. In the new book The First Political Order, which she coauthored, Hudson makes a compelling argument for placing women’s rights and representation at the core of foreign policy and national security—because what happens to half the population is obviously going to affect the health, the wealth and the security of a nation.
Given the scope and urgency of the challenges facing women and girls during the pandemic, there are immediate actions individuals and governments can take to protect women and girls in the most vulnerable situations.
As Mexico launches a feminist foreign policy, it’s worth considering what such an approach would look like in the U.S.
182 organizations called on the Trump administration to immediately halt border expulsions for asylum-seekers and protect domestic violence survivors.
With schools, clinics and whole communities shuttered, our programs improving women’s and adolescent health, increasing access to girls’ education and empowerment, and preventing violence against women and girls, too, have largely been forced to pause. What does this mean, when working with populations even more fragile than our own?
On April 7, the UN announced it was suspending rotations of uniformed personnel until June 30, 2020. The suspension has major implications for host countries and their populations—from understaffing to prolonged deployments.
Twenty-five years after the adoption of the Beijing Declaration, UN Women released “Gender Equality: Women’s Rights in Review 25 Years after Beijing,” a report that analyzes the progress achieved, opportunities for growth and setbacks that women have had to face since 1995.