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Prioritizing the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda in the first 100 days

A memo to the next administration of the United States of America

WAND joined over 40 organizations in endorsing five key recommendations to jumpstart the Women, Peace, and Security agenda in the first 100 days of the Biden Administration. It is crucial that the next administration sets themselves up for success by employing a whole-of-government approach to the WPS Agenda.

We recommend the following actions within the first 100 days of the next administration:

1. Review and update the WPS Strategy and its implementation plans to create a more robust and comprehensive framework to advance the WPS Agenda;

2. Prioritize WPS in the new National Security Strategy and other relevant strategies and policies in order to break down the siloed approach to gender and security issues;

3. Provide robust financial and human resources to the advancement of the WPS Agenda;

4. Prioritize gender parity in leadership throughout the U.S. Government, particularly within the implementing agencies of the WPS Act; and

5. Commit to regular consultations on WPS implementation with civil society, particularly the CSWG, and institute timely and transparent public reporting procedures.

Read the full transition memo here.

Endorsing Organizations

Academy of Forensic Nursing

Batonga Foundation

Black Women United for Action

Centro de los Derechos del Migrante

ChildFund International

Church World Service

Clearinghouse on Women’s Issues

Common Defense

Friends Committee on National Legislation

The George Washington University, Elliott School

Global Gain

Global Justice Center

Global Woman P.E.A.C.E Foundation

International Action Network for Gender Equity & Law

International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)

International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN)

Last Mile4D

Mobilizing Men as Partners for Women, Peace and Security

National Association of Social Workers

National Democratic Institute

National Women’s Political Caucus

Peace X Peace

Population Action International (PAI)

Population Institute


Our Secure Future

Radiant International

Restaurant Opportunities Centers United


Search for Common Ground

Secure World Foundation

United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA)

Vital Voices Global Partnership

Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND)

Women for Afghan Women

Women for Women International

Women Forward International

Women Graduates USA

Women In International Security (WIIS)

Women’s Learning Partnership

Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security & Conflict Transformation

Women’s Refugee Commission

Women’s Regional Network: Afghanistan, Pakistan and India