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National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security

On December 19, 2011 President Obama issued an executive order establishing the first-ever National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. The Plan lays out five steps for cooperation and action among numerous governmental agencies to increase women’s security in zones of conflict and to implement their voices in government and peacekeeping operations around the world.

The NAP states that the US will "institutionalize a gender-responsive approach to its diplomatic, development, and defense-related work in conflict affected environments," and will work to increase women's rights and "substantive participation in peace processes, conflict prevention, peacebuilding, transitional processes, and decision making institutions in conflict-affected environments."  In her remarks on the Executive Order, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated:

It is time for all of us to take charge of the future, to change how the world thinks about conflict and how we stop it and prevent it; about security and how we provide it; about peace and how we realize it. And as we do so, it is past time for women to take their rightful place, side-by-side with men, in the rooms where the fates of peoples, where their children's and grandchildren's fates, are decided, in the negotiations to make peace and in the institutions to keep it.

Clinton said the US will also work with over 30 countries that already have similar foreign policies promoting the welfare of women, as well as the UN and NATO, in building security and opportunity for women and girls. The Secretary said it is time for the US to “fundamentally change the ways we do business” with regards to women’s issues and implored the audience to join the fight for equal protections and opportunities for women the world over.

As Secretary Clinton emphasized, “women are not just the victims of war. They are agents of peace.”

View the entire National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.

The implementation plans for various executive agencies can also be reviewed:

Department of State NAP Implementation Plan

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) NAP Implementation Plan

Center for Disease Control (CDC) NAP Implementation Plan

Please see WAND's new Fact Sheet on The United States National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security for further information.

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