Women, Peace, and Security in Action: Implications for U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security

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Event Details

Date:

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Time:

4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Eastern

Location:

RAND's Washington Office and Online

Program

In its press release for the 2023 Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Strategy and National Action Plan, the White House states that “Promoting women’s meaningful participation, leadership and engagement in decision-making at all levels is both a moral and a strategic imperative for U.S. foreign policy and national security. Wherever the rights of women and girls are under threat, so, too, is democracy, peace, and stability.”

Operationalizing WPS principles is of increasing importance to U.S. national security. Both the State Department and Department of Defense are taking steps to apply gender perspectives at the strategic, operational, and tactical levels.

Please join us on Wednesday, January 31, from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Eastern for a moderated panel discussion—with Erin Cooper, Acting Director International Humanitarian Policy in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy at the Department of Defense; Sharon Feist, Command Gender Advisor to U.S. Indo-Pacific Command/Women, Peace & Security; and Joslyn Fleming, RAND Defense Policy Researcher—about what the incorporation of gender perspectives looks like in practice. In opening remarks, Dr. Jennifer Hawkins, Acting Division Chief, Women, Peace, and Security, Secretary of State's Office of Global Women's Issues, U.S. Department of State, will reflect on how advancing the WPS agenda and supporting the full and meaningful participation of women in peacebuilding, security, and decisionmaking processes is critical to achieving sustainable global peace and security. Cailin Crockett, Director, Military Personnel & Readiness, NSC/Senior Advisor, Gender Policy Council, The White House, will present opening remarks on the new WPS Strategy.

Dr. Kyleanne Hunter, head of NSRD’s new Women, Peace, and Security Initiative, will moderate the discussion.

About the Speakers

Erin Cooper

Erin Cooper

Acting Director International Humanitarian Policy in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy at the Department of Defense

Cailin Crockett

Cailin Crockett

Director, Military Personnel & Readiness, NSC/Senior Advisor, Gender Policy Council, The White House

Sharon Feist

Sharon Feist

Command Gender Advisor to U.S. Indo-Pacific Command/Women, Peace & Security

Joslyn Fleming

Joslyn Fleming

Defense Policy Researcher at RAND

Jennifer Hawkins

Jennifer Hawkins

Acting Division Chief, Women, Peace, and Security, Secretary of State's Office of Global Women's Issues, U.S. Department of State

Ky Hunter

Moderator

Kyleanne Hunter

Senior Political Scientist at RAND

Learn More about WPS

A recent RAND report presents a series of vignettes to help DoD stakeholders understand WPS relevance to national security and how WPS principles and gender perspectives have been applied in DoD mission areas.