The U.N. Security Council recognized in 2000 in its Resolution 1325 that women are needed to help lead in global efforts at resolving violent conflict. The recent surge in violent extremism has given new urgency both to protecting women and including them in solutions. Although women’s key roles in society put them in ideal positions to prevent extremist violence, they still remain marginalized.
Co-sponsored by USIP, the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development, the event at USIP tackles how to reverse the broad exclusion of women from leadership in security and peacebuilding. The debate will directly inform U.S. government officials preparing for major international conferences on these issues this fall.