Women's Leadership Forum
“…..the insight that women can make a positive, qualitative difference to peace processes remains the most powerful because it suggests the possibility of transformation—for sustainable peace, political and social relationships, and women’s status”.
--Sanam Anderlini, “What the Women Say”
Who We Are
J Street’s Women’s Leadership Forum (WLF) unites women interested in exploring how women’s inclusion in peacemaking and negotiations can promote an end to conflict, build a sustainable peace, and improve the status of women in society.
As active members of J Street, we are also committed to Israel’s future as a democratic homeland for the Jewish people, prospering within secure and internationally recognized borders. We believe that a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the single best chance we have to secure this future.
A New Paradigm:
Inclusive Security Translates into Human Security
We believe in the strategic value of defining “security” beyond the obvious military concepts such as borders, barriers, soldiers and weapons. We support the broader vision of “inclusive security”, which addresses “human security” issues as essential components of a sustainable two-state solution. Peace means not only living free from violence. It also involves quality of life issues, such as access to clean water and air, healthcare and education, adequate food, a stable economy, jobs, and freedom from racism.
We envision a paradigm shift away from traditional male-centric negotiations towards negotiations that employ the knowledge, skills, thought processes and concerns that women bring to the table. In order to achieve a sustainable peace, issues related to human security must be central to negotiations from the outset.
UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325
Adopted in 2000, UNSCR 1325 reaffirms the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, peace negotiations, peace-building, peacekeeping, and humanitarian responsiveness in post-conflict reconstruction. It stresses the importance of women’s equal participation and full involvement in all efforts to maintain and promote peace and security.
Forty-three countries, including the United States and Israel, have developed National Action Plans to implement UNSCR 1325. We join over 200,000 women from 40 Israeli women’s organizations to encourage our governments’ commitment to these Plans and to the concepts of inclusive security.