Women, Peace, and Security at the Domestic Level
Another chemical weapons attack in Syria, a caravan of Central American migrants fleeing conflict — these stories not only dominate our news, but also reinforce existing American perceptions that conflict happens abroad, not here at home.
Thanks to the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Act, which Congress passed in October of last year, the United States is now quietly developing a new strategy to promote women’s participation in all aspects of conflict prevention, management, resolution, and post-conflict relief and recovery. But it too will only apply to conflict beyond our borders. If the federal government won’t turn this spotlight on ourselves, it’s time states and cities do.
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