More Women in Global Security Forces will Raise Effectiveness

Author: Jamille Bigio

Despite evidence that shows that women make unique contributions to peace and security processes, they remain severely underrepresented in military, policy, and peacekeeping forces around the world. Jamille Bigio highlights a new bill led by Senators Barbara Boxer and Jeanne Shaheen that would “require the U.S. State Department to encourage other countries to increase the number of women recruited and promoted in their security forces.” She also argues for better quality training among security forces and conversation of the U.S. National Action Plan on women, peace, and security into legislation.

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When Women Lead Soldiers Into Battle

Author: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
The Atlantic

The ban on women in ground combat, which stood in some form ever since women were first permanently integrated into the U.S. military in 1948, has been lifted and all combat roles are now open to women. Since Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced the new policy last December, the American military has also seen women ascend to positions in its highest ranks: Air Force General Lori Robinson became the country’s first female combatant commander, and Admiral Michelle Howard became the first female four-star admiral.

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Foreign Affairs Article

Development's Gender Gap

Author: Rachel B. Vogelstein

Last week, U.S. President Barack Obama hosted a White House Summit on Global Development to map the future of U.S. development efforts. The meeting took place just as the United Nations has begun to measure progress toward the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, an ambitious set of goals to eradicate poverty adopted by the United States and 192 other nations last year.

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A Conversation with Alice Albright and Caren Grown

Presider: Rachel B. Vogelstein
Speaker: Caren Grown
Speaker: Alice P. Albright

Alice Albright, chief executive officer of the Global Partnership for Education, and Caren Grown, senior director on gender at the World Bank group, joined the Women and Foreign Policy program’s director and senior fellow, Rachel Vogelstein, to discuss implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Women, Religion, and Peace

Speaker: Katherine Marshall
Presider: Irina A. Faskianos

Katherine Marshall discusses the role of women of faith in peacebuilding, focusing on the challenges and opportunities of strengthening women’s abilities to work for peace in both religious and secular capacities.

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Beijing at Twenty: Assessing Global Progress for Women and Girls After the 1995 UN Fourth World Conference on Women

Speaker: Ellen Chelser
Speaker: Farida Shaheed
Speaker: Rachel B. Vogelstein

Farida Shaheed, United Nations special rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, and Ellen Chesler, senior fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, highlight their collaboration, Women and Girls Rising: Progress and Resistance Around the World, an anthology released this year that documents the modern history of the global women's movement.

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