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.

While women are frequently excluded from negotiations to bring an end to war and conflict, peace processes that include women are much more likely to succeed in restoring peace. In fact, one study found that peace agreements are 35 percent more likely to last at least 15 years when women are involved in the process. H.R. 5332, the Women, Peace, and Security Act, introduced by Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD), requires a government-wide strategy to promote women’s participation in preventing and resolving conflicts globally, along with training for State and Defense Department personnel on women’s inclusion and efforts to protect civilians from violence and exploitation. The House passed the Senate version of this bill on September 25, 2017.

Markup | May 25, 2017
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Full text of H.R. 2484, as introduced

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