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.

Member Biographies


4Girls GLocal Leadership

4GGL (For Girls GLocal Leadership) is a bold movement to radically shift the mindset, especially in poor countries, from seeing girls as valueless victims of poverty and violence, to powerful agents of change as future leaders. To learn more about 4GGL, visit http://www.4ggl.org/

American Red Cross

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross exists to provide compassionate care to those in need. Our network of generous donors, volunteers and employees share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering, here at home and around the world. Internationally, the American Red Cross is part of the world’s largest humanitarian network with 13 million volunteers in 187 countries. Working together, we help respond to disasters, build safer communities, and educate the American public on the rules of war. Each year, we reach an average of more than 100 million people across the globe. For more on the Red Cross, please visit http://www.redcross.org/

Amnesty International USA

Amnesty International is a global movement of people fighting injustice and promoting human rights. Currently the world’s largest grassroots human rights organization, we investigate and expose abuses, educate and mobilize the public, and help transform societies to create a safer, more just world. Our vision is of a world in which every person – regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity – enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and other internationally recognized human rights standards.  The Amnesty International USA Women’s Program champions the rights of women and girls while holding governments, armed groups and other non-state actors accountable for ending discrimination and inequality. The women’s program focuses on ending violence against women, ensuring U.S. action in support of Afghan women, defending women’s sexual and reproductive rights, advancing women’s political participation, and supporting women’s human rights defenders. To learn more about Amnesty International USA, visit  http://www.amnestyusa.org/

U.S. Bahá'í Office of Public Affairs

U.S. Bahá’í Office of Public Affairs

The U.S. Baha’i Office of Public Affairs (OPA) is charged with defending the rights of Baha’is, as in the case of Baha’is who face religious persecution in Iran, and advancing the processes towards world peace in several areas of action, including the promotion of human rights, the advancement of women, and sustainable development and global prosperity. This two-pronged purpose is guided by the sacred Writings of the Baha’i Faith, which uphold universal human rights, the equality of women and men, and the advancement of global prosperity as essential for the achievement of world peace. Founded in 1985, OPA represents the U.S. Baha’i community in its relationships with the U.S. government, non-governmental organizations, the media, and the broader public. OPA operates under the auspices of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States, the elected governing body of the American Baha’i community. OPA engages in public education, dialogue, awareness-raising, media outreach, and policy advocacy. Informed by Baha’i teachings and principles, OPA seeks to contribute to the betterment of society and to promote the development of a just, unified, and sustainable world.  http://publicaffairs.bahai.us/



Equality Now

Founded in 1992, Equality Now is an international organization that advocates for the human rights of women and girls around the world by raising international visibility of individual cases of abuse, mobilizing public support through our global membership, and wielding strategic political pressure to ensure that governments and regional and international bodies enact or enforce laws and policies that uphold the rights of women and girls. With offices in New York, Nairobi and London, presences in Amman, Jordan and Washington, DC and a special initiative in Lusaka, Zambia, our areas of focus include Discrimination in Law, Sexual Violence, including sexual assault in the military, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Human Trafficking, including by military personnel and contractors. Combining grassroots activism with international, regional and national legal advocacy, Equality Now envisions a world in which women and men have equal rights under the law and full enjoyment of those rights. Visit http://www.equalitynow.org


Futures Without Violence

For more than 30 years, Futures Without Violence has led the way and set the pace for ground-breaking education programs, national and international policy development, professional training programs, and communications campaigns designed to end violence against women, children and families around the world. In 1994, FUTURES was instrumental in developing the landmark Violence Against Women Act passed by the U.S. Congress.  In 2004, FUTURES built a major coalition with experts from across the United States and around the world and played a critical role in development and introduction of the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA).  The IVAWA presented the framework for the historic U.S. Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence Globally and the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.  Providing leadership from offices in San Francisco, Washington D.C. and Boston, the organization has established a state-of-the-art Global Center for Leadership and Action in the Presidio of San Francisco to foster ongoing dialogue about gender-based violence and child abuse. Striving to reach new audiences and transform social norms, FUTURES trains professionals such as doctors, nurses, judges and coaches, to improve responses to violence and abuse. To learn more, visit http://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/


Georgetown University Institute for Women, Peace, & Security

Georgetown University’s Institute for Women, Peace and Security (GIWPS), formerly the Initiative for Women, Peace and Security, was announced by President John J. DeGioia and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at Georgetown on December 19, 2011 when the Secretary unveiled the historic United States’ National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. In her speech, Secretary Clinton praised Georgetown University’s decision to establish GIWPS, noting that the Initiative, “will help us elevate public understanding of this important matter.  It will be a home for primary source material such as oral histories, and quality analysis that will help activists and leaders as well.  I can’t wait to see it up and going.” A University-wide endeavor, the Initiative is housed at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS). GIWPS is an exciting opportunity to deepen and extend the University’s engagement with critical issues of our time involving women worldwide.  Specifically, as a hub for innovative research and training, the Initiative examines and illuminates how women’s participation can enhance peace, security and stability worldwide and how threats to women are essentially threats to all. To learn more, visit http://giwps.georgetown.edu/

Global Gender Program

Global Gender Program, Elliot School of International Affairs

The Global Gender Program comprises Elliott School faculty, staff,
students, alumni, and affiliated professionals who are dedicated to improving the health, education, rights and security (HERS) of women and girls internationally and to reducing gender-based exclusion, violence, and discrimination in these four areas. Founded in 2010, the Global Gender Program pursues its mission through teaching, research, and policy/public engagement. http://www.gwu.edu/~ggi/


Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch is a nonprofit, nongovernmental human rights organization made up of roughly 400 staff members around the globe. Its staff consists of human rights professionals including country experts, lawyers, journalists, and academics of diverse backgrounds and nationalities. Established in 1978, Human Rights Watch is known for its accurate fact-finding, impartial reporting, effective use of media, and targeted advocacy, often in partnership with local human rights groups. Each year, Human Rights Watch publishes more than 100 reports and briefings on human rights conditions in some 90 countries, generating extensive coverage in local and international media. With the leverage this brings, Human Rights Watch meets with governments, the United Nations, regional groups like the African Union and the European Union, financial institutions, and corporations to press for changes in policy and practice that promote human rights and justice around the world. For over twenty years, the Women’s Rights Division at Human Rights Watch has been working toward the realization of women’s empowerment and gender equality—protecting the rights and improving the lives of women and girls on the ground. http://www.hrw.org/


  Institute for State Effectiveness

 ISE Center addresses the challenge of accountability and governance through a system-building approach across governments, markets and people.  ISE believes the opportunity lies in creating approaches to equip leaders and managers with the knowledge, skills and tools to create inclusive policies and accountable institutions. ISE’s years of field work in frontier and emerging countries, leading teams and developing programs led us to discover a set of approaches that work.  Today ISE is focused on developing and systematizing this know-how to support leaders and organizations at the forefront of policy design and implementation. ISE works to support, train, and educate national leaders and their international counterparts. ISE engages with media and the public to inform, catalyze and participate in debate on these issues. ISE aims to make cutting-edge methodologies, tools and rigorous metrics available to the global community –sharing methods that are less costly yet more impactful than many current approaches. To learn more about ISE, please visit http://www.effectivestates.org/


International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN)

ICAN supports civil society activism and participation in promoting women’s rights, peace and security in countries affected by conflict, transition, extremism and closed political space.  Through the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP), and partners in the Middle East and North Africa, we bridge the gap between international policies and implementation of the women, peace and security agenda using UNSCR 1325 as a key policy framework.  ICAN’s personnel have over three decades of experience in gender, peace and security issues with cutting edge work on: gendered political and security country analyses, capacity building for CSOs (including gendered mediation, security sector reform, constitutional and transitional justice processes); women’s rights activism and movement building in Islamic and politically closed/transitioning contexts; development, monitoring, localizing implementation and establishing multi-stakeholder financing mechanisms for UNSCR 1325/1820 National Action Plans (NAP); and institutional action planning on gender, peace and security issues (including executive trainings for multilateral institutions and governments). To learn more about ICAN, visit www.icanpeacework.org


International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)

 The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) works to make women in developing countries an integral part of alleviating global poverty. Our research evidence identifies women’s contributions as well as the obstacles that prevent them from being economically strong and able to fully participate in society. ICRW translates these insights into a path of action that honors women’s human rights, ensures gender equality and creates the conditions in which all women can thrive. Of particular relevance to the Women, Peace and Security agenda, ICRW has a robust portfolio of research and programs in violence prevention and response, primary prevention, engaging men and boys, gender integration in post-conflict DDR programming, transitional justice and a growing focus on amplifying women’s voices in peace-making and peace-building processes. ICRW researchers and advocates advise multilateral donors, international justice mechanisms and governments, including the United States Government, on how to implement national and international women, peace and security standards in their policy and programs. To learn more about ICRW, please visit www.icrw.org


International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES)

 IFES believes that a society is able to reach its full potential in a world in which men and women are fully engaged as equal partners in their families, workplaces and communities. Based on international human rights standards and best practices, IFES promotes political participation, justice and equal rights for women and men around the world. IFES reflects these values in its programming and workplace culture. IFES promotes equal rights, justice and political participation for women. We educate and encourage all individuals to participate in the political process as voters, candidates, election officials and civil society leaders. We work to mainstream gender in program design, implementation and evaluation. IFES works in partnership with nongovernmental organizations, representatives of civil society, the private sector, governments, international donors and other actors to support democratic institutions worldwide. IFES implements projects that engage and empower women globally through providing electoral assistance; conducting voter and political education campaigns; and encouraging civic involvement and advocacy. Gender-focused initiatives have been implemented in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe and Latin America. IFES has also integrated gender equality and women’s empowerment in broader programming in over 60 countries worldwide. To learn more, visit http://www.ifes.org/


Inclusive Security

 Inclusive Security’s bold goal is to change the international security paradigm. Sustainable peace is possible only when those who shape policy include women and other affected groups in the prevention and transformation of violent conflict. Guided by this belief and vision, Inclusive Security’s mission is to increase the participation of all stakeholders—particularly women—in preventing, resolving, and rebuilding after deadly conflicts. We do this by:

  • Strengthening the will and capacity of those who shape peace and security policy;
  • Providing research on why inclusion matters and guidance on how it can be achieved;
  • Equipping women to contribute effectively to peace processes; and
  • Building coalitions of diverse leaders who offer practical solutions to intractable conflicts.

To learn more about Inclusive Security, visit www.inclusivesecurity.org/


International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX)

 IREX is an international nonprofit organization providing thought leadership and innovative programs to promote positive lasting change globally. We enable local individuals and institutions to build key elements of a vibrant society: quality education, independent media, and strong communities. To strengthen these sectors, our programs also include conflict resolution, technology for development, gender, and youth. Founded in 1968, IREX has an annual portfolio of over $70 million and works in more than 120 countries.  IREX engages women and men in thoughtful discussions about gender in their communities; builds skills and provides resources to promote gender equality and female empowerment; and addresses gender within its organizational policies and throughout the design, implementation and evaluation of all programs. IREX’s programs include gender-awareness training for youth and community leaders, technology literacy for women and girls, gender-sensitive reporting, and strengthens organizations that promote gender equality, combat gender-based violence, prevent human trafficking and advance LGBT rights. To learn more, visit http://www.irex.org/


Mina’s List

Mina’s List seeks to realize women’s equal and substantive representation in national governments around the world. Mina’s List works collaboratively with regional women’s rights organizations and current women legislators to provide culturally relevant, country-specific educational and capacity-building resources to aspiring women political leaders. To learn more, visit http://www.minaslist.org/



PAI is a global organization advancing the right to affordable, quality contraception and reproductive health care for every woman, everywhere. PAI champions policies that put women in charge of their reproductive health. We work with policymakers in Washington and our network of partners in developing countries to remove roadblocks between women and the services and supplies they need. For 50 years, we’ve helped women succeed by upholding their basic rights. To learn more, visit http://pai.org/

PAI has received top ratings from both the American Institute for Philanthropy and Charity Navigator. More than 80 cents of every dollar PAI spends goes to critical program services.


Peace X Peace

Peace X Peace (pronounced Peace by Peace) is an international nonprofit organization that lifts and multiplies women’s voices, strengthens women’s capacity to connect across divides, promotes leadership and gender equity, and nurtures a growing network of 20,000 peacebuilders in 125 countries. Our daily blogs highlight women’s contributions to positive and peaceful social change worldwide. We advocate for effective, sustained policies and programs that support and advance women, including UNSCR 1325, and offer transformational leadership training for 1325 implementation. Our Connection Point program facilitates web-based and live dialogue between Arab, Muslim and Western women to reduce stereotypes and misunderstanding. Mentorship for Peace links experienced peacebuilders with aspiring young women who will bring new voices to the table. Our annual Women, Power and Peace Awards honor extraordinary, often unheralded peace heroes. Our books and documentary films include Sixty Years, Sixty Voices: Israeli and Palestinian Women; Women on the Frontlines; and the Catalyst series. Peace X Peace has been a pioneer, innovator and leader in women’s peacebuilding over the past decade. For more information about Peace X Peace please visit www.peacexpeace.org


 Promundo – U.S.

Founded in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1997, Promundo works internationally to promote caring, non-violent and equitable masculinities and gender relations internationally. Promundo’s independently registered organizations in Brazil, the United States and Rwanda collaborate to achieve this mission by conducting research to build the knowledge base on masculinities and gender equality; developing, evaluating and scaling up gender transformative interventions and programs; and carrying out national and international advocacy to achieve gender equality and social justice. Promundo’s work focuses on transforming gender norms and masculinities in the institutions where they are constructed (such as schools and the workplace), in high urban violence and post-conflict-settings; and by promoting men’s involvement as gender-equitable caregivers and involved fathers, as partners in women’s economic empowerment, and as advocates in the prevention of sexual exploitation and violence. To learn more about Promundo – U.S., please visit http://www.promundo.org.br/en/


 Protect the People

 Protect The People (PTP) works with nonprofits, the private sector, and the military to protect people affected by conflict and disaster. PTP seeks innovation in humanitarian practice by bringing new actors and technologies to the table. Protect the People does this by developing partnerships between humanitarian agencies and private sector companies looking to expand their global reach and also provides a range of strategic consulting services to nonprofits. A protection toolkit is being developed to help agencies conduct risk assessments and map vulnerabilities of beneficiaries. This includes safety solutions such as solar lighting, alarms, and signaling devices that can be distributed to people at-risk of violence. PTP also provides subject matter expertise (SME) for military training exercises and serious games on the protection of civilians, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and issues of women, peace, and security. To learn more about PTP, visit http://www.protectppl.com


 United Nations Association of the National Capital Area

 The United Nations Association of the National Capital Area is a nonprofit membership-based organization that works with foreign policy and political decision makers, schools, and other or­ganizations in the National Capital Area to build knowledge, understanding, informed opin­ion, and new ideas on the United Nations and its relationship with the United States of America. UNA-NCA is a chapter of the United Nations Association of the United States of America.  With committees and institutional partners representing the various programs of the United Nations, UNA-NCA is a premiere source of information for area middle and high schools through its signature Global Classrooms program, for graduate students with the UNA-NCA Graduate Fellows Program, for young professionals with an exemplary network of career opportunity sessions and educational programs and for the general public with education and advocacy programs related to human rights, peace and security, international law, sustainable development and specific geographic and issue concerns. To learn more, visit www.unausa.org


U.S. National Committee for UN Women

 The U.S. National Committee (USNC) for UN Women is an independent non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that supports the mission of UN Women and social, political, and economic equality for women and girls around the world. Our members and supporters are men, women, and children in cities around the country who give their time and resources to support a world where women of all ages have access to education and employment opportunities, and sustainable livelihoods that enable them to live free of gender-based violence. Originally chartered in 1983 as a National Committee for UNIFEM (now part of UN Women), the U.S. National Committee is committed to expanding support and raising funds within the United States for UN Women. Through the help of our Board of Directors, Advisory Council, local chapters and members, we help support UN Women projects that span 100 countries around the globe. To learn more, visit www.unwomen-usnc.org/


Vital Voices Global Partnership

Vital Voices Global Partnership is the preeminent non-governmental organization (NGO) that identifies, trains and empowers emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs around the globe, enabling them to create a better world for us all. Vital Voices is at the forefront of international coalitions to combat human trafficking and other forms of violence against women and girls. The organization enables women to become change agents in their governments, advocates for social justice as well as supporters of democracy and the rule of law and equips women with management, business development, marketing, and communications skills to expand their enterprises, help to provide for their families, and create jobs in their communities. Vital Voices Global Partnership’s  international staff and team of over 1,000 partners, pro bono experts and leaders, including senior government, corporate and NGO executives, have trained and mentored more than 12,000 emerging women leaders from over 144 countries in Africa, Asia, Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East since 1997. These women have returned home to train and mentor more than 500,000 additional women and girls in their communities. They are the Vital Voices of our time. To learn more, visit www.vitalvoices.org/


 Women Enabled, Inc.

Women Enabled educates and advocates for the human rights of all women and girls, with a special focus on women and girls with disabilities, through collaborations with organizations of women with disabilities worldwide.  Women Enabled also advocates at the United Nations and other multilateral organizations and before governments to ensure the inclusion of women and girls with disabilities in international resolutions, policies and development programs addressing women’s human rights and development.  Additionally, Women Enabled prepares scholarly publications on numerous issues, including women’s rights, disability rights, access to justice, conflict and post-conflict situations, and human rights education, as well as serving as a consultant to UN organizations and mechanisms.  Women Enabled  has extensive research, fieldwork, program implementation and human rights education experience throughout the world. To learn more, visit http://www.womenenabled.org


Women, Peace & Security Resources

Women, Peace & Security Resources works to advance the Women, Peace & Security Agenda (WPS) by delivering education, training, and technical support to leaders and practitioners globally. The organization provides on-site training and distance education regarding the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security; builds partner capacity in support of UN peacekeeping and other multilateral programs; develops evaluation tools; and conducts evaluation of training programs. To learn more about Women, Peace & Security Resources, please visit http://www.learningpartnership.org/women-peace-and-security-resources.


Women In International Security (WIIS)

Women In International Security (WIIS) is the only global network of women and men dedicated to advancing women’s leadership and the critical role that gender issues play in the field of peace and security. Since 1987, WIIS has been an influential thought and action leader, improving the environment for women’s career progression and promoting equal engagement in this field.  With more than 7,000 members in 47 countries, WIIS leverages its global network to open new opportunities for women to contribute to global peace and security. WIIS builds bridges between generations, sectors, and experts at all stages in their careers across governments, multilateral organizations, nonprofits, academia, and corporations.  WIIS conducts research and analysis at the intersection of gender, women’s leadership, and global security to address the root causes of under-representation; develops strategic partnerships with governmental, industry, non-governmental, and multilateral organizations to improve women’s retention and advancement; and facilitates gender-sensitive leadership, mentorship, and professional development. To learn more, visit http://wiisglobal.org/.


Women for Women International

Women for Women International (WfWI) provides women survivors of war, civil strife, and other conflicts with the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency, thereby promoting viable civil societies. For more than 20 years, WfWI has helped over 400,000 women transform their lives, families, and communities, touching the lives of 2 million and creating the foundation for lasting peace. Through its yearlong program, WfWI offers training in business and vocational skills, rights awareness, and health education, and helps women connect and rebuild supportive social networks fractured by conflict. WfWI uses its voice to call global attention to the unique role that women play in advancing peace throughout society. WfWI works in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Kosovo, Nigeria, Rwanda, and South Sudan. For more information, visit www.womenforwomen.org.


Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND)

Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering women to act politically to reduce violence and militarism, and redirect excessive military resources toward unmet human and environmental needs. Founded in 1982, WAND consists of a 501-C3 WAND Education Fund, a 501-C4 WAND Inc. Action Center, and a Political Action Committee (PAC). WAND’s Women Legislator’s Lobby (WiLL) program is a national nonpartisan network of women state legislators who work together to influence federal policy. Our work and expertise span three main issue areas; federal budget priorities, nuclear disarmament, and women, peace, and security (WPS). WAND’s WPS work includes; education and advocacy on U.S. NAP implementation, capacity building for women political leaders in conflict affected environments and new democracies, and the development and distribution of research-based policy resources.  WAND is a recognized United Nations NGO. For more information, please visit www.wand.org


Women’s Refugee Commission

The Women’s Refugee Commission is a research and advocacy organization that seeks to improve the lives and protect the rights of women, children and youth displaced by war, persecution and natural disaster.  The WRC researches needs, identifies solutions and advocates for policies and programs that will produce lasting improvements for displaced persons. In its work, the WRC envisions a world in which refugee and internally displaced women, children and youth are safe, healthy and self-reliant; have their human rights respected; and are empowered to contribute to their own solutions. Our current global initiatives are focused in these areas: ending violence against women and girls; supporting economic empowerment, education and safe access to cooking fuel; promoting access to quality reproductive health services, and ensuring the full inclusion of displaced persons with disabilities.  To learn more, visit http://womensrefugeecommission.org/


The Center for Gender and Peacebuilding – U.S. Institute of Peace (Secretariat)

The Center for Gender and Peacebuilding acts as secretariat for the U.S. Civil Society Working Group on Women, Peace and Security (CSWG).  The United States Institute of Peace is an independent, nonpartisan conflict management center created by the US Congress to prevent and mitigate international conflict without resorting to violence. USIP works across the spectrum of international conflict prevention, management, and resolution, and helps societies in the period of post-conflict stabilization. The Center for Gender and Peacebuilding coordinates the gender-related work of the US Institute of Peace, as well as collaborates with national and international organizations, governments, the military and civil society on concerns related to gender, conflict, and peacebuilding. To learn more, please visit http://www.usip.org/

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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).