January 4, 2019 (C-Fam) – The Trump administration has delayed the release of its Congressionally-mandated strategy on Women, Peace, and Security, just as international feminist groups ramp up efforts to radically reform the UN Security Council-based agenda toward feminist, LGBT, and pacifist aims.
The purpose of the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) agenda is to protect women and girls during war and to get more women involved in conflict prevention, reconciliation, and mitigation. It began with a UN Security Council resolution in 2000. Some seventy countries have action plans to implement it. The United States is the first country to enact domestic legislation. The Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2017 gave the administration until October 2018 to issue an implementation strategy. Congress granted an extension until the end of the year.
Sources say staff in the four agencies responsible for drafting and implementing the new strategy have not reached agreement on what it should look like. The competent departments are Defense, State, Homeland Security and the U.S. Agency for International Development. The National Security Council is coordinating the drafting effort.
At issue is whether the plan might resemble the previous administration’s agenda or stick to the new law’s narrower mandate. The bill
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