Women, Peace, and Security Report published
In July 2022, the White House published the “United States Government Women, Peace, and Security Report to Congress.”
The “Women, Peace, and Security” report is the second report to Congress evaluating the progress of the U.S. government in advancing the goals of 2019 U.S. Women Peace and Security Strategy, and focuses on the progress made across four line of effort – 1) Participation, 2) Protection, 3) Internal Capabilities, and 4) Partnerships.
The report includes input from each of the four U.S. government departments and agencies involved in the
Strategy. The findings of these four departments and agencies are summarized below.
Department of Defense
The Department of Defense (DoD) established three objectives to support the Women, Peace, and Security Strategy: 1) modeling and employing women’s meaningful participation in the Joint Force; 2) promoting partner nation women’s participation in all occupations in the defense and security sectors; and 3) ensuring partner nations protect women and girls, especially during conflict and crisis. DoD efforts in FY 2021 included appointing women military leaders to command of U.S. Transportation Command and U.S. Southern Command, and allocating $3 million for use to conduct security cooperation programs that incorporate gender analysis and advance women’s participation in defense institutions and national security forces. DoD also supported an Independent Review Commission on Sexual Assault in the Military, which prompted historic reforms to preventing and addressing sexual and gender-based violence across the force.
Department of Homeland Security
The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) FY 2021 accomplishments included 8,458 women trained in basic and advanced law enforcement at Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers, and the launch of Initiative 2023, which aims to increase the number of women in law enforcement by 30% by the year 2023. DHS also led the Unified Coordination Group, a whole-of-government, whole-of-society effort to resettle more than 76,000 vulnerable Afghans, including women leaders, human rights activists, humanitarian workers, journalists, and other at-risk individuals across the United States.
Department of State
During the FY 2021 reporting period, Department of State continued its focus on Women, Peace, and Security implementation through monitoring, evaluation, and learning exercises, and strengthened engagement with key partners, such as civil society leaders. The Department of State continued engagement with civil society, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, and partner governments. State also increased its training of personnel on Women, Peace, and Security, and increased use of gender analysis in projects and strategic frameworks. During the reporting period, State invested approximately $110 million in assistance programming to advance Women, Peace, and Security.
U.S. Agency for International Development
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) increased its efforts to consult with local women leaders, civil society, including faith-based organizations, as well as academia in countries affected by crisis and conflict. In FY 2021, USAID supported the participation of over 77,000 women in leadership, conflict mediation, legal, political, and peacebuilding processes, and provided critical health care, psychosocial support, legal aid, and economic services to more than 5.3 million gender-based violence survivors. In FY 21, USAID invested over $243 million in programming designed to empower and protect women and girls in countries affected by crisis, conflict, violent extremism, and natural disasters.
To learn more about the report, please follow the links below.
United States Government Women, Peace, and Security Report to Congress, The White House
FACT SHEET: U.S. Government Women Peace and Security Report to Congress, The White House
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