Today, the House of Representatives passed HR 5332, the Women, Peace, and Security Act. This legislation builds upon the National Action Plan put forward by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and implemented by President Obama to promote the broader integration of women in U.S. conflict and peacebuilding efforts.
The bill also includes language offered by Congressman Bill Keating to institutionalize oversight mechanisms across the State Department to ensure that the law is fully implemented and that women have a seat at the table when the U.S. is working towards greater peace and security in the world. When women play a meaningful role in our national security, we are more effective and efficient in reaching security objectives, and we are safer as a result.
“Since the inaugural National Action Plan was unveiled in 2011, critical progress has been made towards the inclusion of women in peace and conflict work,” said Congressman Keating. “It is now more important than ever that the United States continue to be a committed leader in promoting the inclusion of women. This legislation will help to make certain that the inclusion of women in security and peacemaking is not just an initiative taken up by individual Presidents, but a long-term United States national security priority.”