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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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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’




The International Gender Champions Disarmament Impact Group and the BWC Implementation Support Unit welcome you to an interactive discussion on the relevance of gender perspectives to the implementation of the Biological Weapons Convention. The discussion will address recent initiatives to improve women’s meaningful participation in the BWC, as well as research on sex-specific and gendered impacts of biological weapons. Panelists will take stock of how gender perspectives are already being incorporated into BWC discussions and, in view of the forthcoming Ninth BWC Review Conference, how they can be further promoted and strengthened in future BWC work programmes.

The event will also mark the launch of a new factsheet by the Disarmament Impact Group on “Gender and Biological Weapons.


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The event is open to all States Parties and States not Party to the BWC, including representatives from Permanent Missions in Geneva and New York and BWC National Contact Points in capitals, as well as experts from international organizations and civil society.

27 May, 13.30-14.45 (CET), online (WebEx).

Please sign-up to attend the event

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.

COVID-19 Information and Resources


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 COL Veronica Oswald-Hrutkay