Join the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom to make sure Congress listens to U.S. women about women, peace, and security!
Contact your Representatives and ask them to RSVP for the June 6th Congressional Round Table on the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security and WILPF’s 1325 Consultation Report and 64 Recommendations. To contact your Representative, input your zip code at the bottom of this page.
It’s important that our Representatives understand how U.S. armed intervention and our inflated military budget diminishes the quality of life and security for women living in the United States. Our Consultation Report and 64 Recommendations will be presented, but will they Listen? Let’s make sure ALL our Representatives are in the room, so that WILPF’s message can be Heard!
The Round Table, co-sponsored by Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Congressman Russ Carnahan ( D-MO) will include: an overview of UN Resolution 1325 by Ambassador Melanne Verveer: a briefing on WILPF’s Civil Society Consultation Report on U.S. NAP; and an extended Q+A strategy session where Members of Congress will be asked to think creatively about how to re-direct federal resources to increase women’s political participation and control over their bodies and their lives.
In preparation of a U.S. NAP, WILPF held a series of civil society consultations in five cities across the U.S., with representatives from the Office of Global Women's Issues, U.S. Department of State, where nearly 400 women and 64 partner organizations gathered to discuss what peace and security means for women living in the United States, and what the U.S. government should include in a National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security (U.S. NAP).
Key recommendations from the consultations include:
• Redirect military spending to fund social services necessary to ensure women’s full participation in decision-making roles, including child/elder care.
• Immediate U.S. ratification of CEDAW.
• Stronger regulation and penalties for weapons pollution and environmental degradation caused by the military - specifically recognizing the impact on women and children’s health.
• Support the provision of human rights, conflict resolution, and peace education in schools equal to resources allocated for JROTC programs.
• Protect all women in military service from sexual assault and harassment.
• Enforce a zero tolerance policy for sex trafficking by private contractors and military personnel.
Read WILPF’s full Report here.
Let’s make sure their voices are heard and their opinions matter!
Contact your Representative and tell them that you want them to attend the June 6th Roundtable Discussion on the U.S. NAP and Women, Peace, and Security.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
2:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m.
1732 Longworth House Office Building
As participants from our consultations repeatedly stated, “Peace abroad, begins with peace at home.” We must make sure that our government acts accordingly!