U.S. Senator Chris Coons of Delaware

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Advancing women’s participation to ensure peace and stability

Helping to create an environment where women not only have a seat at the table, but also play an equal role in maintaining peace and stability in their countries is critical to our national and global security. That’s the idea behind the first-ever U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security, which President Obama issued this week.

Senator Coons, chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs and an ardent supporter of gender equality, praised the Obama Administration for launching the plan and advancing women’s participation in preventing conflict and keeping the peace. The Plan, which was signed by President Obama as an Executive Order, represents a fundamental change in how the U.S. will approach its diplomatic, military, and development-based support to women in areas of conflict, by ensuring that their perspectives and considerations of gender are woven into the fabric of how the United States approaches peace processes, conflict prevention, the protection of civilians, and humanitarian assistance.

The Plan contains commitments from the Departments of State, Defense, Justice, Treasury, and Homeland Security, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Office of the United States Trade Representative targeted at meeting explicit national objectives.

Click here to learn more about the White House’s U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security.

Click here to learn more about Chris’ work on the Foreign Relations Committee.

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