In war and conflict zones, women are especially at risk. Yet, women make up less than 10 percent of peace negotiators and less than 3 percent of the signatories to peace agreements, according to the United Nations.
The Women, Peace, and Security Act would promote more inclusion of women in peace processes, not just in active conflict zones such as Syria but also in places where peace—and the status of women—is uncertain.
One need only look to the conflict in Syria to see how desperately this legislation is needed.
United Nations officials estimate that women and children make up 80 percent of the more than 470,000 Syrian refugees in neighboring Jordan. These women and children are “vulnerable to an increased risk of sexual, physical, and psychological abuse,” according to U.N. Women.
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To: Senator Robert Menendez, Chairman, Senate Foreign Relations Committee
As someone dedicated to a freer, safer world for women and girls, I strongly urge you to support the Women, Peace, and Security Act (S. 1942).
This important legislation would put women front and center in U.S. efforts to prevent, mitigate, and resolve conflicts.
Worldwide, one in three women will experience physical or sexual violence at some point in her life, with even higher rates of violence in areas of conflict and instability.
Yet, women make up less than 10 percent of peace negotiators and less than 3 percent of the signatories to peace agreements, according to the United Nations.
The Women, Peace, and Security Act could make a big difference for women and girls around the world by promoting their meaningful inclusion in peace efforts.
By supporting this important bill as chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, you can help millions of women and girls live better lives, resulting in a safer, more secure world for us all.
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