Global Leaders
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf served as president of Liberia from 2006 to 2017 and was the first elected female head of state in Africa. 
Rigoberta Menchu Tum is a K'iche' indigenous peace activist from Guatemala. 
Monica McWilliams organized women across Catholic-Protestant lines in peace negotiations in Northern Ireland. 
Gbowee received the Nobel Peace Prize for her powerful leadership of the women's peace movement that brought an end to the Second Liberian Civil War. 
Murabit is a champion for women’s participation in peace processes and conflict mediation in Libya and around the world. 
Women and Foreign Policy Program

The Women and Foreign Policy program works to analyze how elevating the status of women and girls advances U.S. foreign policy objectives. The program informs policymakers, opinion leaders, and the general public about issues related to gender equality and U.S. foreign policy through scholarship, roundtable discussions, briefings, and the Women Around the World blog.

How Women’s Participation in Conflict Prevention
How Women’s Participation in Conflict Prevention and Resolution Advances U.S. Interests
Despite growing international recognition of women’s role in security, their representation in peace and security processes has lagged.
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Countering Sexual Violence in Conflict
Sexual violence in conflict is not simply a gross violation of human rights—it is also a security challenge.
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