The Women, Peace, and Security Act: A Rare Milestone
With International Women’s Day approaching on March 8th, it’s fitting to take note of one of the few hopeful moments in American politics this past year: The enactment of the Women, Peace and Security Act of 2017 was a quiet bipartisan landmark, the culmination of more than two decades of relentless advocacy to involve women in decisions on war and peace.
But it’s also just the first step toward turning this lofty goal into daily practice for the U.S. government and its many agencies that deal with peace and security. As Gen. John Allen, former commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan, said at a seminar on the new law in Washington, DC, ‘the challenge now is to transform an idea into a doctrine that shapes our actions.’
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