Washington, D.C. – Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) today announced the House Foreign Affairs Committee will convene a hearing on Tuesday, March 22 to examine the important roles women play in ending conflict and promoting security, and the implications of women’s participation in conflicts like the Syrian civil war.  The hearing, entitled “Women Fighting for Peace: Lessons for Today’s Conflicts,” will begin at 10:45 a.m. 

This is the third hearing in a series to examine the challenges facing women and girls around the globe.

Chairman Royce on the hearing:  This timely hearing will examine the critical role of women in resolving conflict and promoting security.  It will feature testimony from two courageous women leaders who risked much to end violence in their respective countries, blazing a trail for women peacemakers to come.  Their successes and setbacks carry important lessons for the effectiveness of peace negotiations in Syria and Afghanistan, as well as efforts to prevent conflict and counter violent extremism in many other parts of the world.”

Hearing: Women Fighting for Peace: Lessons for Today’s Conflicts

10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, March 22

2172 Rayburn House Office Building


Her Excellency Betty Bigombe
Senior Director for Fragility, Conflict and Violence
The World Bank

Her Excellency Monica McWilliams
Professor of Women’s Studies
Transitional Justice Institute
Ulster University

Hassan Abbas, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Regional and Analytical Studies Department
National Defense University

Ms. Jacqueline O’Neill
The Institute for Inclusive Security


***See foreignaffairs.house.gov for updates. 

***Coverage note:  All Foreign Affairs Committee proceedings are webcast live at foreignaffairs.house.gov/live-video-feed.