U.S. Civil Society Working Group on Women Peace and Security

The U.S. Civil Society Working Group on Women, Peace, and Security (CSWG) is a network of experts, NGOs, and academics with years of experience working on issues involving women, war, and peace. Inspired by and building upon the international Women, Peace, and Security agenda, the CSWG informs, promotes, facilitates, and monitors the meaningful implementation of the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security.

Events

March 6, 2017

Challenges and Opportunities for the U.S. Women, Peace, and Security Agenda and UN Peacekeeping Operations

The Center for a New American Security and the U.S. Civil Society Working Group on Women, Peace and Security hosted a discussion on the challenges and opportunities for the U.S. Women, Peace, and Security Agenda and UN Peacekeeping Operations. Sarah Williamson, Executive Director and Founder of Protect the People, presented key findings from a new U.S. CSWG policy brief, The U.S. WPS Agenda and UN Peacekeeping Operations, and a discussion was moderated by Sarah Holewinski, Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security and advisor to the Transregional Threats Coordination Cell for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The convening included diverse representation from the peacekeeping community, including military and civilian representation from the Department of Defense, the State Department, the UN, and civil society organizations.

 

June 2-3, 2016

U.S. Civil Society Working Group Strategic Planning and Implementation Workshop

Members of the U.S. Civil Society Working Group convened for a two-day strategic planning and implementation meeting, facilitated by Beth Grupp, to discuss the activities of the recently awarded grant by the Compton Foundation. A review was conducted of the Working Group’s governance structure. Additionally, members assessed the successes, challenges and future goals of the women, peace and security agenda and the U.S. National Action Plan.  The Working Group selected topics for seven thematic and geographic policy briefs, then discussed the process and timeline for the briefs.

 

May 16, 2016

U.S. Civil Society Working Group General Membership Meeting

Members of the U.S. Civil Society Working Group convened for a general membership meeting. During the meeting, members discussed updates to the Working Group since the awarding of the Compton Foundation grant. Additionally, members discussed priorities in advance of the strategic planning meeting on June 2-3, 2016.

 

March, 2016

U.S. Civil Society Working Group Awarded Compton Foundation Grant

The U.S. Civil Society Working Group was awarded a grant by the Compton Foundation to engage directly with key policymakers and governmental institutions to ensure the next administration’s commitment to and implementation of the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security. The work will consist of thematic and country specific briefs always highlighting the critical gendered aspects; meetings and roundtables to inform and advise senior officials and members of the security think tank community; and the development of and advocacy for a clear “first 100 days” plan of action to ensure the next administration establishes a high standard of practice on the women, peace and security agenda, and can legitimately act as a global leader in the international fora.

 

January 20, 2016

U.S. Civil Society Working Group General Membership Meeting

Members of the U.S. Civil Society Working Group convened for a general membership meeting to discuss priorities and objectives for the coming year. In advance of the meeting, members also heard a briefing on gender discrimination in nationality laws.

 

October 13, 2015

U.S. Civil Society Working Group Co-Hosted Roundtable Event

USIP and the US Civil Society Working Group on Women, Peace with Inclusive Security and the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace, and Security at the United Nations hosted a private lunch and discussion with nearly 25 visiting leaders from countries including Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Indonesia, Israel, Jordan, Kosovo, Liberia, Libya, Myanmar, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Pakistan, the Palestinian Territories, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Uganda. The luncheon and breakout sessions marked 15 years since the passage of Security Council Resolution 1325 and provided the opportunity to share ideas on moving the women, peace, and security agenda forward.

 

June 18, 2015

Consultation with U.S. Government Agency Representatives

Members of the U.S. Civil Society Working Group discussed in detail the status of the 2015 review of the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security. Members engaged in a conversation with U.S. Government representatives from National Security Council, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development, and U.S. Department of Defense to pinpoint areas of collaboration between government and civil society.

 

March 31, 2015

Consultation with U.S. NAP Review Agency Focal Points

Members of the U.S. Civil Society Working Group met with U.S. Government representatives who will act as the focal points during the 2015 review of the U.S. NAP on Women, Peace, and Security. Each representative provided updates on their respective agencies’ efforts during the review process.

 

January 28, 2015

U.S. Civil Society Working Group General Membership Meeting

Members of the U.S. Civil Society Working Group convened to provide updates on their organizational priorities for the coming year that will support the U.S. NAP on Women, Peace and Security.

 

January 28, 2015

Global Security and Gender – A Forum with Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallström

The new Swedish government pledged to increase its focus on global women’s issues with what it describes as a feminist foreign policy. The U.S. Institute of Peace, in collaboration with the Embassy of Sweden, hosted a forum with Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström on diplomacy and gender equality in a challenging global security environment.

 

January 26, 2015

Central Asia Program – Fourth Central Asia Fellow’s Seminar

Central Asia Program, in collaboration with George Washington University, hosted the Fourth Central Asia Fellow’s Seminar. The Central Asia Program is aimed to promote high-quality research and analytical skills from young professionals who want to become public policy makers on contemporary Central Asia and to become an interface between academia and policy community.

 

December 16, 2014

U.S. Civil Society Working Group General Membership Meeting

Members of the U.S. Civil Society Working Group convened for a general membership meeting. During the meeting, members formed a new publications subcommittee that will focus on providing practical recommendations for the integration of gender perspectives in various programming areas.

 

November 4, 2014

Consultation with Finnish National Focal Point on United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325

Members of the U.S. Civil Society Working Group on Women, Peace & Security met with Ms. Ann-Sofie Stude, the UNSCR 1325 National Focal Point for the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. CSWG members were briefed on updates on the Finnish government’s implementation of UNSCR 1325 and discussed common challenges

 

October 9, 2014

U.S. Civil Society Working Group General Membership Meeting

Members of the U.S. Civil Society Working Group convened to discuss possible contributions of the Working Group to the 2015 NAP review process.

 

July 29, 2014

U.S. Civil Society Working Group on Women, Peace and Security’s Fourth Anniversary

Members of the working group gathered to celebrate CSWG’s fourth anniversary. Special guests, Susan Markham, Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment at USAID and  Kristin Lord, Acting President of USIP, addressed the members and acknowledged CSWG’s many achievements during the working session.

 

June 6, 2014

Consultation with the Office of Global Women’s Issues, U.S. Department of State

Members of the U.S. Civil Society Working Group on Women, Peace & Security met with Ms. Stephenie Foster, Senior Policy Advisor for the Office of Global Women’s Issues at the U.S. Department of State, to discuss future opportunities of collaboration between the working group and the Office of Global Women’s Issues.

 

April 15, 2014

U.S. Civil Society Working Group General Membership Meeting

Members of the U.S. Civil Society Working Group provided updates on side meetings associated with the Commission on the Status of Women held in March 2014. Additionally, members discussed updates from each subcommittee

 

March 18, 2014

Consultation with UN Department of Field Support/Field Personnel Division

Members of the U.S. Civil Society Working Group on Women, Peace & Security were briefed by Kristina Koch, Chief of Recruitment Section, and Catherine Sung, Project Manager from the UN Department of Field Support/Field Personnel Division on a pilot initiative to create a new talent pipeline aimed at boosting the number of qualified women competing for and being appointed to director-level positions in UN Peacekeeping and Special Political Missions.

 

February 26, 2014

Consultation with the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office from the United States Department of Defense

Members of the U.S. Civil Society Working Group on Women, Peace & Security were briefed by Colonel Litonya Wilson, Deputy Director of Prevention and Dr. Suzanne Holroyd, Director of Communications on current initiatives to reduce the prevalence of sexual violence and improve reporting standards within the U.S. military.

 

January 30, 2014

Consultation with International Committee of the Red Cross and Human Rights Center, University of California-Berkley

Members of the U.S. Civil Society Working Group on Women, Peace & Security were briefed by Pascale Meige Wagner, Deputy Director of Operations, ICRC and Kim Thuy Seelinger, Director, Sexual Violence and Accountability Project, Human Rights Center in two separate presentations regarding each organization’s work on the prevention of sexual violence and treatment options available to women in conflict zones.

 

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.

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