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Women promoted as global peacemakers by State Department

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by Joseph Earnest  August 17, 2012                   


Newscast Media WASHINGTON, D.C.—A recently-released statement by the State Department, affirms the Department's support for Barack Obama's strategy to enhance women's involvement in building stable and secure societies around the world.

"The Department of State's implementation plan outlines commitments to accelerate, institutionalize and better coordinate efforts to advance women's participation in peace negotiations, peacebuilding, conflict prevention and decision-making institutions; protect women from gender-based violence; and ensure equal access to relief and recovery assistance in areas of conflict and insecurity," the statement said.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has said the national action plan marks a change in the way the United States will approach diplomatic, military and development-based support to women in areas of conflict.

"This is not just a women's issue," Clinton said following the plan's White House unveiling December 19, 2011. "It cannot be relegated to the margins of international affairs. It truly does cut to the heart of our national security and the security of people everywhere."

A week ago, Obama signed an Executive Order "Preventing and Responding to Violence Against Women and Girls Globally," to protect the dignity, safety and human rights of women around the world.  The Executive Order should also help slow down the human trafficking and exploitation of women both domestically and globally.

Click here to read or download the Executive Order Preventing Violence. (pop-up)

The State Department's strategy of implementation outlines specific steps to wield diplomatic power in support of women’s inclusion in peace talks and politics.

It aims to strengthen U.S. efforts to protect women and children around the world from abuse and exploitation, as well as to promote women's contributions to conflict prevention in pursuit of building lasting peace and stable societies. 

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