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Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) concepts continue to transform as we raise awareness across the Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational community of interest and with key stakeholders including the meaningful participation and contribution of women. We work to synchronize the integration of a gender perspective within the DoD implementation policies and our landpower continues the transition of applying WPS/gender-related considerations into military operations. Please see below for current updates, education and training material, key documents, and announcements for activities related to the application of this Congressional Law and global concept.

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USAWC offers Resident Students an Integrated Research Project on Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) and the Exercise of National Power.

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USAWC Charter on Women, Peace and Security


On 30 October 2020 the Provost and WPS Director signed the USAWC Charter on Women, Peace and Security. The ceremony took place in view of the Lady Liberty statue (a gift of the USAWC Resident Class of 2018) that not only commemorates the sacrifices of World War I, but represents the interwoven themes of war and peace, strength and humanity. The Women, Peace and Security Charter of the USAWC represents the school’s acknowledgement that preparation of strategic-minded leaders includes integration of the WPS Global Principles into Professional Military Education (PME).

Participants names from left to right:
Director of WPS Studies, COL Veronica Oswald-Hrutkay; CSM Brian Flom; Commandant, MG Stephan Maranian; Provost, Dr. James Breckenridge; Deputy Director of WPS Studies, COL (Dr.) Bess Pierce


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Each year, from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) to 10 December (Human Rights Day), the 16 Days of Activism campaign involves worldwide initiatives to raise awareness about gender-based violence, challenge discriminatory attitudes, speak out against women’s rights abuses, and end violence against women.

WPS Prevent Violence Against Women

End Violence Against Women-QUIZ

RESPECT Women posters

RESPECT Women-Prevent Violence Against Women

COVID-19 and Ending Violence Against Women

DOD officials briefed the Congressional Women, Peace and Security Caucus on the department's efforts to ensure the initiative is on track and making a difference in all that military personnel do.

Here is a Link to the DOD Leaders Brief Women, Peace, Security Program to Congressional Caucus Brief

Click Here to watch the recording of DOD’s Leaders brief to Congressional Caucus’


Joint PME "BEST OF" 2021 WPS Writing Award

  • At the beginning of the summer, members of the Joint WPS Academic Forum were asked to submit their top WPS-related papers for a "best of" writing competition across the services.
  • Papers were submitted by representatives from Air War College, Air Command & Staff College, NDU, CGSC, Army War College, Marine Corps Command & Staff, and West Point.
  • Papers were judged by a small team of WPS SMEs who are members of the Joint WPS Academic Forum
  • Papers were judged on the following criteria:
    • Does the paper make any new contributions to the WPS effort?
    • Does the paper reflect graduate-level research?
    • Is the paper of publishable quality?

Winning Paper:


  • Winner is CPT Sarah Salvo
  • This research paper is from an Army school from a student at the “Command and General Staff College under the AY21 Master of Military Art and Science”.
  • This student was a ‘runner-up’ for the Birrer-Brooks Best MMAS writing award. She is also an AY21 candidate and 'winner' for the AY21 Inaugural Joint WPS Academic Forum and 'Best of JPME Writing Award.'
  • CGSC & Student granted permission to share.


In JULY 2021, as part of the Generation Equality Forum, the U.S. government became a signatory partner of the WPS-HA Compact in three thematic issues. DoD has equities in two of the thematic issues: women’s leadership and full, equal, and meaningful participation across peace, security, and humanitarian sectors, and protecting women’s human rights in conflict and crisis contexts. Within the thematic areas are action commitments that the interagency will report against. Reporting is based on information is already being collected and will not require additional data calls. State will lead GEF and the WPS-HA Compact engagement with an AO level meeting 14 SEPT 2021.

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In honor of Women’s Equality Day, we challenge you to take the ‘Gender-Smart’ crossword puzzle available to download below

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The Indo Pacific Military Health Exchange (IPMHE) formerly known as Asia Pacific Military Health Exchange (APMHE) has its origins in the Asia Pacific Military Medicine Conference (APMMC), which was first held in 1990. The IPMHE is co-hosted by the Armed Forces of a country in the Asia-Pacific region together with the United States Indo-Pacific Command (US INDOPACOM). During the course of the event medical professionals from countries and international organizations participate and discuss regional/ global health issues. The conference covers host of Military Medicine matters spanning a wide range from Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief, gender equality, health security, emerging infectious diseases, advances in field of casualty management and future of military medicine in training. The goals of this combined event are to share scientific information and discuss issues and concerns of military medical significance. The IPMHE focuses on the entire military health team, including dental, nursing, allied health, veterinary and administrative attendees from 30-40 nations in the Indo-Pacific region, representing ground, air, and naval forces

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The War, Peace, and Justice Symposium announces the launch of its Website at

There, you can find essential information about the Symposium including key dates and upcoming events.

The Symposium will be held March 25-April 9, 2022 at various location in Carlisle, PA.

Planning for the War, Peace and Justice Symposium began several years ago by asking: How can the United States, its Allies, and Partners--the most powerful nations in the world--achieve peace and justice in the face of persistent conflict...conflict that lasted 20 years in Iraq and Afghanistan...America's longest war?

The War, Peace, and Justice Symposium will address some tough questions through approximately 20 focus area sessions and panel discussions with prominent speakers. For example: What is the nature and purpose of war? What is Peace? What is justice?

Please visit the site often to keep yourselves up to date as the Symposium approaches.

Bill Flavin
Acting Project Director


Join the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) on Thursday, August 26, 2021, at 12:30 PM EDT (950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, Pennsylvania) to welcome retired U.S. Air Force Lt Col Jen Griswold as she presents a talk about her book Mission Entrepreneur: Applying Lessons from Military Life to Create Success in Business Startups. The lecture will be open to the public and can be viewed live online for free at

Women’s Equality Day celebrates the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which grants all Americans the right to vote, regardless of their gender. In her lecture, Lt Col (Ret) Jen Griswold will discuss the challenges of being a female officer in the military and how the ratification of the 19th amendment has helped her achieve success both professionally, and personally. With over 13 years of experience in the trenches growing mobile businesses that achieve multimillions in annual sales, Griswold is passionate about educating women in the military community about entrepreneurship as a path to equality. Join in to hear her story, learn the 5 simplest business models to start around a mobile military life, and get inspired to turn your passions into a business that can feed your soul and help contribute to your family

On October 31st, 2000, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1325, which reaffirmed “the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts and in peace building, the importance of their equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security, and the need to increase their role in decision-making with regard to conflict prevention and resolution.” Resolution 1325 helped create the Women in Peace and Security program or WPS. A BETTER PEACE welcomes Ambassador Jean E. Manes as she shares her experience in the national security realm. She joins podcast editor Ron Granieri in the studio to explain how far the WPS program has come in the last two decades and where it needs to continue to go. Ambassador Manes is the Civilian Deputy to the Commander and Foreign Policy Advisor, U.S. Southern Command, and in this unique position she has a wealth of real world cases that have benefited from the involvement of women.

WPS Information Related to COVID-19


The COVID-19 crisis and response has profoundly amplified the importance of a gender perspective and gender diversity in military operations - namely the distinctly gendered vulnerabilities of the population and the significant leadership and front line roles females have played in the response effort. This educational video highlights the relevance of gender and gender perspectives in DoD operations, with a unique focus on USNORTHCOM and the COVID response. This video can be used by institutions across DoD for training and awareness raising about the DoD Women, Peace and Security (WPS) initiative, and specifically how the application of WPS perspectives, practices and principles across all DoD organizations, functions and missions improves institutional and operational effectiveness.

Point of contact for Women Peace and Security (WPS) is LTC Dana Perkins. You may also contact LTC Amanda Clare.