These Women Are Working for #JusticeForAll (Literally, It’s Their Jobs)

Five years ago this week, President Obama released the first U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security.

It was one of many milestones marked by the United States in an effort to champion the rights and roles of women globally. And it underscored the lessons we’ve learned about women and U.S. foreign policy.

We’ve seen time and again that the women, peace, and security agenda is simply common sense. It’s important to U.S. national security, and it’s important to who we are as a country and what we stand for around the world.

For more than two decades, the pillars of women, peace, and security issues have been a part of our global work, from defense, to development, to diplomacy. We’ve seen that women and girls need to be protected from violence. They need to be able to participate in all aspects of society. And they are critical to preventing conflict from happening in the first place.

The National Action Plan made this understanding an official part of U.S. foreign policy. As part of this policy, the United States has trained men and women to better respond to gender-based violence, pushed for more women to be at the table when peace is negotiated, and invested in the next generation by focusing on adolescent girls’ education and empowerment.

Our ultimate goal is for women to be a part of police forces, Parliaments, peace negotiations, and peacekeeping missions. When they are, society is better for it.

That’s a story the United States wants to tell, which is why the State Department has launched #JusticeForAll.

Over the next week, we will highlight a few of the many women the State Department supports around the world, and showcase how they contribute to peace and security in their communities.

Many of the women we profile are on the front lines of change. They are pioneers, going where no woman in their community has gone before. Others are simply doing their jobs. But all of them are making critical contributions to their communities.

Check back here as we unveil their stories.

About the Authors: Catherine Russell serves as U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues and Luis E. Arreaga serves as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotic and Law Enforcement Affairs.

Editor's Note: This entry originally appeared in the Department's Foggy Bottom publication on Medium.com.

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