This bill would express the sense of Congress that the U.S. should be a global leader in promoting the meaningful participation of women in conflict prevention, management, and resolution, in addition to post-conflict relief and recovery efforts.
The president would be required to submit to Congress and make publicly available a Women, Peace, and Security Strategy within two years that:
Is aligned with other nations’ plans to improve the participation of women in peace and security processes, conflict prevention, peace building, and decision-making institutions in conflict-affected environments;
Includes goals and evaluation plans to ensure the strategy’s effectiveness.
State Department personnel responsible for going to conflict zones would receive training in the following areas with an emphasis on ensuring the participation of women in:
Conflict prevention, mitigation, and resolution;
Protecting civilians from violence, exploitation, and human trafficking;
International human rights law.
Dept. of Defense personnel that go to conflict zones would receive training on conflict prevention, mitigation, and resolution initiatives that address the importance of participation by women. Additionally, they’d be trained in gender considerations and elements of international human rights law aimed at protecting civilians from violence, exploitation, and human trafficking.
The State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development would establish guidelines for overseas American personnel to consult with stakeholders about U.S. efforts to:
Prevent, mitigate, or resolve violent conflict;
Enhance the success of mediation and negotiation.