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Council on Foreign Relations Women and Foreign Policy Update
December 28, 2012

Women, War, and Peace

Women Play an Integral Role in Peacekeeping

Drawing on lessons learned from Iraq and Afghanistan, Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker speaks to a CFR audience about the importance of integrating women into reconciliation and reconstruction processes. Watch the Video »

Women Seek Equality in Combat

For a Daily Beast article, CFR Fellow Gayle Lemmon interviews Zoe Bedell, one of the four female veterans who filed a lawsuit with the American Civil Liberties Union to allow women in combat. Bedell argues that the ban on women's participation in combat "is not only punishing women by not recognizing the service they are performing, but it is also hampering our ability to fight effectively." Read the Article »

Roots of Sexual Violence Extend Past Battlefield

Examining a new study by Promudo and the Sonke Gender Justice Network, CFR Senior Fellow John Campbell explains that the study shows while sexual violence is certainly used in war, it also reflects the consequences of the general subordination of women and pervasive myths that normalize rape. Read the Post on Africa in Transition »

Promoting Economic Growth

Women Farmers Face Four Major Challenges

Stephanie Hanson, director of policy and outreach at One Acre Fund, discusses the unique challenges facing women smallholder farmers and the services her organization provides that help enable any female smallholder farmer to increase her income and become food secure. Read the Post on the Development Channel »

Global Supply Chains Need More Women

At a CFR event in New York, Astrid Pregel, an adviser to the Canadian government, argues that women owned-businesses should be supported and grown because they are the greatest underutilized resource when it comes to growing the global economy. Read the Post on Democracy and Development »

Transitions to Democracy

Egypt's New Constitution Puts Freedom at Risk

CFR Senior Fellow Isobel Coleman argues that given weak protections for freedom of speech, gender equality, and religion in the new constitution, Egyptian women and broader civil society groups have good reason to worry about human rights fulfillment. Read the Post on Democracy and Development »

The Problem Lies With Constitution’s Implementation

In an interview with Consulting Editor Bernard Gwertzman, Marina Ottaway, senior associate for the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, says that the problem with Egypt's constitution is not necessarily its content regarding women's rights, but rather how the constitution will be implemented given the country's current political climate in which Islamists hold sway. Read the Interview »

Staff Additions

CFR Announces New Women and Foreign Policy Fellow

Rachel Vogelstein, former U.S. State Department director of policy for the Office of Global Women's Issues, joins CFR as a fellow in the Women and Foreign Policy program. At the Council, Vogelstein will focus her research on the relationship between women's advancement and prosperity, stability, and security. She will also will direct a roundtable series and publish a Working Paper on child marriage. Read Her Bio »



CFR's Women and Foreign Policy program works with leading scholars to analyze how elevating the status of women and girls advances U.S. foreign policy objectives and to bring the status of women into the mainstream foreign policy debate. Among its areas of focus are global health and education, the role of women in peacekeeping, and women’s economic participation.

Rachel Vogelstein
Director and Senior Fellow, Women and
Foreign Policy Program

Catherine Powell
Fellow, Women and
Foreign Policy Program

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
Senior Fellow, Women and
Foreign Policy Program

Hannah Chartoff
Research Associate, Women and
Foreign Policy Program

Valerie Wirtschafter
Research Associate, Women and
Foreign Policy Program


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