Women in Action

A Women's Leadership Forum Priority

WHY THIS MATTERS

When women are equal partners in all aspects of peacebuilding and conflict prevention, deadly conflicts can be more effectively avoided, and peace can be forged and sustained. According to the International Peace Institute, when women are included in negotiations, agreements are 35 percent more likely to endure for at least 15 years.1

Women promote dialogue, create trust, bridge divides and build coalitions for peace. Women peacemakers focus on human needs for security, such as education, water, health care, freedom from violence and economic viability. When women peacemakers gain power, they consider the roots of conflict and instability, addressing both short-term security and long-term needs to ensure that peace will last.

“It’s not about culture that excludes women. It’s about power.”
– Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini, International Civil Society Action Network

In 2000, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted UN Security Council Resolution 1325, which calls for meaningful participation of women in peace and security decision making, and is binding for all UN Member States. In 2011, President Obama began to implement the resolution by signing the National Action Plan (NAP) on Women, Peace and Security. The NAP works to “empower half the world’s population as equal partners in preventing conflict and building peace in countries threatened by war, violence, and insecurity.” The Women’s Leadership Forum members have lobbied to pass the Women, Peace and Security Act through Congress, which would sign Obama’s National Action Plan into law, and ensure that it remains US policy after the next election.

On November 15, 2016 the US House of Representatives passed the Women Peace and Security Act unanimously. Next, the bill must be considered in the senate.

KEY POINTS

  1. J Street promotes the participation of women at all levels within its organizational structure and encourages women’s leadership. J Street also supports the participation of women and civil society at high levels of policy making and negotiations.
  2. Although national and international recognition of UN Resolution 1325 has been extensively documented, efforts to implement the recommendations have lagged far behind.
  3. Women are key players in many governments and NGOs.  When women peacemakers have leadership power, civil society and human security thrive.
  4. Women-led organizations in Israel, the Palestinian territory, and internationally are creating innovative approaches to bringing about peace and resolving conflicts.

HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT WOMEN IN ACTION

Deepen your relationships with women Members of Congress

Urge your senators to support the bi-partisan Women’s Peace and Security Act

Raise the visibility of women’s organizations in your community by attending events listed on our calendar

1 Marie O’Reilly, Andrea Ó Súilleabháin, and Thania Paffenholz, “Reimagining Peacemaking: Women’s Roles in Peace Processes,” New York: International Peace Institute, June 2015.

LEARN MORE

US House Passes Bipartisan Women, Peace, and Security Act

Institute for Inclusive Security

Allison Peters, senior policy adviser at the Institute for Inclusive Security, describes the Women Peace and Security Act’s passage in the House, what that means for the future, and what you can do to support the senate bill.

More Women in Global Security Forces Will Raise Effectiveness

Newsweek

Jamille Bigio argues that, "Promoting women’s participation in peace and security processes is often cast as an act of fairness rather than of effectiveness," but evidence shows that it makes security forces better and stronger.

“Why Women? Inclusive Security & Peaceful Societies”

Inclusive Security

Statistical analysis demonstrating the benefits of promoting the status of women in society.

“Women and Power in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict”

Palestine-Israel Journal

Detailed arguments for how greater inclusion of women will increase likelihood of Israeli-Palestinian peace.

"United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325"

United States Institute of Peace

United Nations Security Council Resolution which addresses not only the inordinate impact of war on women, but also the pivotal role women should and do play in conflict management, conflict resolution, and sustainable peace.

“Implementing and Monitoring National Action Plans: Strategies of Women’s Organizations”

Van Leer Jerusalem Institute

Israeli researchers outline global efforts to implement Resolution 1325, and formulate and promote a comprehensive action plan in Israel.

"Promoting an Israeli Action Plan for the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325"

Van Leer Jerusalem Institute

A detailed look at Itach-Maaki, Agenda, and Women’s Institute of Peace and Security (WIPS) efforts to promote an Israeli Action Plan for the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.

Organizations

Institute for Inclusive Security (ISS)

Inclusive Securitys bold goal is to change the international security paradigm. Sustainable peace is possible only when those who shape policy include women and other affected groups in the prevention and transformation of violent conflict.

International Civil Society Action Network: For Women’s rights, peace & Security (ICAN)

ICAN is a US based organization whose mission is to support civil society activism in promoting women’s rights, peace and human security in countries affected by conflict, transition and closed political space.

Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND)

WAND is committed to empowering women to affect legislation on nuclear weapons, reduce violence and militarism, and redirect spending toward unmet human and environmental needs.

Forward Global Women MENA Region

Forward Global Women fosters and nurtures the development and growth of women leaders to become active peacemakers promoting co-existence. They envision a world where women are actively engaged in conflict-resolution and peacemaking.

Women Wage Peace

Women Wage Peace formed in Israel in the aftermath of the devastating 2014 summer war in the Gaza Strip. WWP is the only non-partisan, woman-led organization which is working on the ground to bring new hope for peace.

American Jewish Peace Archive (AJPA)

The American Jewish Peace Archive documents through oral history the accounts of Jews in the United States who have worked in support of Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation since 1967. Many women peace activists are featured.

Join the Women’s Leadership Forum!

The Women’s Leadership Forum (WLF) of J Street invites you to become a member. Founded in 2013, WLF raises awareness and advocates for the significant role that women and civil society can and do play in peace building and negotiations.

Once you have joined WLF, you will be invited to join the WLF Email Discussion Group. There is no fee associated with membership.

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