WASHINGTON D.C. — In early June 2017, a legislative bill titled “S.1141- Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2017” was placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar under General Cause.
The purpose of S.1141 is to ensure that the United States promotes the meaningful participation of women in mediation and negotiation processes seeking to prevent, mitigate, or resolve violent conflict.
The bill, S.1141, was introduced by Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). S.1141 was read twice in front of the Foreign Affairs Committee.
Around the world, women remain underrepresented in conflict prevention, conflict resolution and post-conflict peace building efforts. Globally, there are 38 states in which women account for less than 10 percent of parliamentarians in single or lower houses, as of June 2016, including four chambers with no women at all.
Women in conflict-affected regions achieved significant success to moderate violent extremism, counter terrorism and resolve disputes through peaceful mediation and negotiation.
S.1141 states, “It is the sense of Congress that the meaningful participation of women in conflict prevention and conflict resolution processes helps to promote more inclusive and democratic societies and is critical to the long-term stability of countries and regions…. the United States should be a global leader in promoting the meaningful participation of women in conflict prevention, management, and resolution, and post-conflict relief and recovery efforts.”
The bill, S.1141 also states that it should be the policy of the United States to promote the meaningful participation of women in all aspects of overseas conflict prevention, management, and resolution, and post-conflict relief and recovery efforts, reinforced through diplomatic efforts and programs.
Later in S. 1141, the bill encourages the U.S. government to urge other world powers to adopt plans for meaningful participation of women in peace and security processes and decision-making institutions.
S.1141 is unlike any other bill entered into Congress. If you support it, contact your local congressperson and tell him you support it. The more people that call their local congressperson, the more of a difference is made. S.1141 can help many women across the world.
– Paige Wilson