The U.S. Government recently introduced its 2023 U.S. Strategy and National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security (WPS). This comprehensive plan is designed with the primary goal of emphasizing gender equity and equality as key elements in the creation of sustainable peace across the globe. The initiative is not just a theoretical framework; it is supported by empirical research. Studies have demonstrated that nations with elevated levels of gender equality tend to be more prosperous, secure, and democratic.
One of the standout points of the research backing this initiative is the impact of women’s involvement in peace processes. According to the data, peace agreements are 35% more likely to endure for at least a decade and a half when women are actively involved in their drafting and implementation. This statistic underscores the critical role that women play in conflict resolution, crisis response, and recovery efforts.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is playing a pivotal role in the execution of this strategy. USAID is committed to continuing its work to empower women and girls, particularly focusing on their roles as leaders in climate change, innovation, and decision-making processes. The agency is steadfast in its support for women taking on leadership roles in efforts related to peace and security, aiming to foster lasting peace in various regions around the world.
Despite the overwhelming evidence supporting the benefits of women’s active participation in peace and security initiatives, the plan openly acknowledges that there are still existing barriers. These obstacles prevent women from fully, equally, and meaningfully participating in these crucial processes. The recognition of these barriers is an important step in addressing and eventually eliminating them, thereby allowing women to contribute more effectively to global peace and security.