Past Events

December 3, 2013

Congressional Staff Briefing - Creating Sustainable Peace and Security: The Need for Inclusivity in Syria and Afghanistan

Members of the U.S. Civil Society Working Group on Women, Peace & Security in conjunction with Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (D-MA) hosted a panel discussion on the need to include women and ensure implementation of the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace & Security. In particular, this discussion focused on the Afghan and Syrian contexts.

 

August 30, 2013

Legislative Subcommittee Meeting with Mac Tolar, Military Legislative Council in Congresswoman Roby’s Office (R-AL)

Members of the Legislative Subcommittee met with Mr. Tolar to discuss potential co-sponsorship of the Women, Peace & Security Act.

 

August 29, 2013

Consultation with Creative Associates International

Members of the CSWG met with Charito Kruvant, President and CEO of Creative Associates International; Johanna Mendelson-Forman, Senior Associate, Americas Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies; and Michelle Hughes, Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer; VALRAC Innovation, LLC. The purpose of this meeting was to get insight from the Working Group regarding a new publication – Strategic Blindness: Women in Community Development.

 

August 23, 2013

Legislative Subcommittee Meeting with Wyndee Parker, Foreign Affairs Policy Advisor to Leader Nancy Pelosi

Members of the Legislative Subcommittee met with Ms. Parker to discuss next steps for Leader Pelosi’s office regarding the Women, Peace & Security Act.

 

May 30, 2013

Consultation with Representatives of the Embassy of the Netherlands

Members of the CSWG met with Mirjam Krijnan, First Secretary (political), and Joseph Hoenen, Coordinator on Women, Peace & Security; to discuss the development of the U.S. National Action Plan; the role of the U.S. Civil Society Working Group on Women, Peace & Security vis-à-vis the U.S. Government implementation of the U.S. National Action Plan; and how the U.S. National Action Plan can be used to coordinate policy approaches to current crises.

 

May 22, 2013

Meeting with Dr. Valerie Hudson

Members of the CSWG met with Dr. Valerie Hudson, professor at Texas A & M and expert on international security and foreign policy analysis, to discuss the growing emphasis on women in U.S. foreign policy.

 

April 30, 2013

Consultation with the U.S. Department of State

A discussion with the CSWG to include civil society voices in a Department of State response to the UN Secretary General’s Report on Sexual Violence in Conflict (SVC), released March 14, 2013.

 

April 16, 2013

Consultation with the European External Action Service

A discussion to share lessons learned on U.S. NAP implementation as well as on the ground experience from civil society organizations working in transitioning countries such as Syria and Egypt.

 

January 30, 2013

Partners in Peace and Security: A Panel Discussion on the First Anniversary of the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security: Progress and challenges

An expert panel with representatives of the CSWG, the U.S. Department of State, USAID, the National Security Council and the U.S. Department of Defense met to celebrate the accomplishment of the U.S. National Action Plan, discuss potential challenges moving forward, and to honor the work of Ambassador Melanne Verveer. 24 representative organizations from the CSWG were featured in a knowledge and resource fair.

 

January 29, 2013

Religion, Women, Peace and Security Discussion with Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook and The U.S. Civil Society Working Group on Women, Peace, and Security

Representatives from the U.S. Department of State’s Office of International Religious Freedom, USIP’s Center for Gender and Peacebuilding, and USIP’s Religion and Peacemaking Center met to discuss the impact of religious freedom on the Women, Peace, and Security agenda.

 

December 20, 2012

NAP Anniversary Event Planning: Meeting with the U.S. Department of State, USAID, and the U.S. Civil Society Working Group

The CSWG met with representatives from the U.S. Department of State and USAID to discuss the potential for combined events especially regarding the one year anniversary of the U.S. National Action Plan and honoring the departure of Amb. Melanne Verveer from the U.S. Department of State Office of Global Women’s Issues.

 

December 19, 2012

CSWG Release of 1 year Anniversary of U.S. NAP Document

 

November 28, 2012

U.S. Civil Society Working Group Strategic Planning Session #2

 

November 28, 2012

Women Leaders Promoting Peace and Security Consultation with African Representatives from the International Visitors Leadership Program

The CSWG met with representatives from 11 African countries as well as Paris and Haiti to discuss lessons learned from NAP implementation worldwide.

 

November 5, 2012

Roundtable Discussion with the U.S. Department of State and NATO

Lynette Behnke (U.S. Department of State), LTC Jesus Gil Ruiz (NATO), and Mari Skåre (NATO Special Representative on Women, Peace, and Security) met with members of the CSWG to discuss lessons learned and recommendations on indicators and assessing impact of WPS efforts

 

October 18, 2012

U.S. Civil Society Working Group Strategic Planning Session #1

 

October 18, 2012

Consultation with Representatives from NATO and the U.S. Department of State

The CSWG met with Lori Alemanno-Testa and Jacqueline Borsboom, of NATO, and Jamille Bigio from the U.S. Department of State to discuss lessons learned and recommendations on indicators and assessing impact of WPS efforts.

 

October 10, 2012

Pakistani International Visitors Consultation

The CSWG met with representatives Pakistan to discuss lessons learned from NAP implementation worldwide.

 

August 13, 2012

The U.S. Department of State Releases Their U.S. NAP Implementation Plan

 

August 13, 2012

USAID Releases Their U.S. NAP Implementation Plan

 

May 24, 2012

U.S. Department of State Consultation with the U.S. Civil Society Working Group on Women, Peace & Security

The CSWG met with representatives from the U.S. Department of State to discuss their department-wide U.S. NAP implementation plan.          

 

May 2, 2012

U.S. Department of Defense Consultation with the U.S. Civil Society Working Group on the U.S. National Action Plan

Members of the CSWG and representatives from the U.S. Department of Defense discussed the status of the Department of Defense’s U.S. NAP implementation plan. Topics such as Sexual Assault and Prevention within the services, Contractors & FAR/DFARS, Security Cooperation, and Next Steps were addressed.

 

April 12, 2012

U.S. Department of State Consultation with the U.S. Civil Society Working Group on the Women, Peace, and Security

Representatives from the U.S. Department of State met with the CSWG to discuss the Protection Pillar of NAP as well as how to create a space to look more broadly at issues of GBV in countries not affected by conflict or not covered under the NAP. Also discussed at this meeting was a process by which to communicate with Civil Society organizations and the importance of including their inputs as well as the importance of communication with other key U.S. Government agencies.

 

April 9, 2012

Discussion of the U.S. Efforts to Advance Women's Rights Abroad

The CSWG met with Amb. Melanne Verveer to discuss the issue of women’s rights abroad.

 

February 14, 2012

CSWG Releases Recommendations on the U.S. NAP

The CSWG proposes 10 recommended actions to be completed within the first 150 days of U.S. NAP implementation.

 

December 19, 2011

U.S. National Action Plan on women, Peace and Security Launch Announced

Secretary of State Hilary Clinton announces the launch of the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.

 

December 19, 2011

Executive Order Signed

President Obama signs an executive order that establishes women, peace and security as U.S. Policy.

 

November 28, 2011

CSWG Expert Statement Released

CSWG releases statement which aims to assist the U.S. Government in turning policy into action and to engender effective outcomes that bring peace, security and dignity to the lives of women and men in conflict settings.

 

November 4, 2011

CSWG Consultation with Robert Dresen of the Dutch Embassy

The CSWG met with Robert Dresen of the Dutch Embassy to discuss the role of the civil society in the Dutch National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.

 

May 5-6, 2011

Women & War Symposium

USIP and CSWG members host an international symposium on the next decade of UNSCR 1325.

 

February 15, 2011

Memorandum to U.S. Government Agencies Involved in Drafting the U.S. NAP

This memorandum outlines four recommended benchmarks against which actions could be evaluated: gender analysis, inclusion, resources, and accountability.

 

January 2011

UNSCR 1325 Tutorial

Based on Civil Society Working Group inputs, USIP develops an introductory web-based tutorial which offers overview of the UN Security Council 1325 on women, peace and security.

 

January 2011

Meeting of the U.S. Civil Society Working Group on Women, Peace and Security

The U.S. Civil Society Working Group on Women, Peace and Security (CSWG) formulates the February 2011 memorandum with four benchmarks to USG agencies involved in drafting the U.S. National Action Plan.

 

December 10, 2010

USAID and Mainstreaming Gender: A Discussion with Civil Society Leaders

 

November 3-5, 2010

Women and War Conference

USIP, Civil Society members, USAID, the U.S. Department of State, and the World Bank hosted a three day event focused on women, peace and security. It featured an extraordinary coalition of national and international participants.

 

October 26, 2010

Announcement of the U.S. National Action Plan (NAP)

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announces the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.

 

July 27, 2010

Women, Peace and Security: Fulfilling the Vision of 1325

Members of civil society (IIS, WIIS, ICAN) hosted a working meeting to discuss the ten year anniversary of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325. The U.S. Department of State, USAID, and 20 countries were represented.