Collaborative Approaches to Global Security

Date: 10/06/2015 Description: Spanish U.N. Woman Peacekeeper Watches the Unloading of a Landing Vessel © AP Image

Date: Thursday, October 15, 2015

Time: 2:00 p.m. EDT

Location: The Newseum, Annenberg Theater, Washington, D.C.

Around the world, women are negotiating ceasefires, mediating between warring parties, and rebuilding societies ripped apart by conflict. Yet, despite growing evidence that women make a difference in creating secure and sustainable communities and countries, they are often absent from the places where decisions are made about the future.

Fifteen years ago, the UN Security Council passed a landmark resolution recognizing women’s roles in building peace and security. But inclusion isn’t just another box to check. Collaborating with women leaders allows those tackling violent conflict to excel at their mission and improves prospects for stability. The question is: How can we do it effectively?

On October 15, the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues and the Institute for Inclusive Security brought together women and men from the U.S. defense and foreign policy community with women leaders from more than 20 conflict-affected countries, including Afghanistan, Colombia, Indonesia, Libya, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Uganda.

The forum focussed on how collaborative approaches can address today’s most pressing security threats—from violent extremism to resource-driven conflict—and learn concrete strategies for making meaningful inclusion a reality.

The event was streamed live.  Follow @AmbCathyRussell and #SecureTogether on Twitter and Facebook for event news and updates on our work to advance women in peace and security.