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.

Past Events

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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.

 

July 21, 2016

U.S. Civil Society Working Group General Membership Meeting and Sixth Anniversary Celebration

USIP convened members of the U.S. CSWG for a working meeting to followed by a celebration of the working group at USIP headquarters. During the working meeting, U.S. CSWG members discussed and planned upcoming activities from the Compton Foundation grant, particularly the first 100 days agenda and roundtable discussions. Additionally, members of the Legislative Subcommittee briefed members on the Women, Peace and Security Act.

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.

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If you are interested in joining the U.S. Civil Society Working Group, contact the heads of our Membership Subcomittee Chantal de Jonge Oudraat (coudraat@wiisglobal.org) and Karen Mulhauser (kmulhauser@ consultingwomen.com).