U.S. Commitments to Women, Peace, and Security
Fifteen years since United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 was adopted in 2000, the United States remains a strong advocate for women’s equal and full participation in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, peace building, and peacekeeping. The U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security (NAP) remains the United States’ signature strategy for implementing ongoing commitments to the women, peace, and security (WPS) agenda. During yesterday’s UN Security Council Open Debate on WPS, the United States reaffirmed its continued support of women as equal partners in all aspects of peace and security and, in doing so, made a series of monetary commitments totaling $31.3 million:
Yesterday’s announcement includes $8 million toward the Global Women, Peace, and Security Initiative and $2.1 million toward the Africa Women, Peace, and Security Initiative. These initiatives improve the prospects for inclusive, just and sustainable peace by prioritizing projects that work toward protecting women from violence and promoting women’s participation in the peace processes and decision-making.
From the Secretary of State’s Full Participation Fund, the United States is committing $6.58 million to incentivize the implementation of the U.S. NAP in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burundi, Republic of Congo, Georgia, Guinea, Honduras, Lebanon, Liberia, Mali, Mauritius, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Pakistan, the Philippines, Rwanda, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, and Timor Leste.
Building on Secretary Kerry’s 2014 announcement of the Accountability Initiative, an effort to develop specialized justice sector solutions to fight impunity for sexual violence in conflict-affected countries, the United States is committing $8.35 million to implementation in the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Liberia.
In addition, the United States is also committing $1 million for a justice initiative based in Democratic Republic of Congo’s South Kivu province that will work with the justice sector and vulnerable communities with the goal of educating 50,000 women on human rights and basic judicial procedures.
Through USAID’s Women, Peace, and Security Incentive Fund, the United States is devoting $3.7 million to strengthen the roles of women and youth in political and peace processes in Mali, increase political empowerment and agency for Syrian women, and improve services for survivors of gender based violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in the West Bank and Gaza.
Through USAID’s Global Women’s Leadership Program, the United States is dedicating $500,000 to support the participation of women in peace processes, political transitions, and other decision-making processes. This investment builds on the activities under and lessons learned from USAID’s $2.6 million Global Women’s Leadership Fund.
USAID is also committing $1 million to a creative new USAID partnership that brings together the WPS and climate change agendas to tackle the critical intersections of gender, climate, security, and resilience.
Finally, USAID is making a new commitment of $80,000 to support a mechanism to ‘roll up’ the experiences and findings of field based researchers into an international practitioner-researcher network. This network will focus on non-traditional researchers and opening the space for interacting with policy makers.