USA enacts Women, Peace and Security Act

The USA has enacted the Women, Peace and Security Act, 2017, which seeks to strengthen efforts to prevent, mitigate, and resolve conflict by increasing women’s participation in negotiation and mediation processes. The Act mandates the creation of a government-wide strategy towards this end. It also requires training for diplomats, development professionals, and security personnel to support the inclusion of female negotiators, mediators, and peace builders. To promote accountability, it imposes reporting requirements on several federal agencies, including the Departments of State, Defense, Homeland Security, and USAID.