Women, Peace, and Security is a national strategic imperative that reduces risk, blind spots and improves situational awareness so leaders can make informed decisions leading to better operational outcomes. It’s roots stem from a 2000 United Nations security resolution 1325 which states that women, children, and disenfranchised men are disproportionately affected by conflict and crisis. It highlights the vital roles women play in peace and security with an aim to incorporate a gender perspective into everything we do.
What is a Gender Lens?
Avoiding Blindspots and Risk
There is a capability gap within U.S. agencies having equities in Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) which is a threat to our national security and moral standing amongst our international partners who have institutionalized WPS significantly improving outcomes. In the U.S., WPS is becoming somewhat politicized just by the very name ‘Women’ in the title and ‘Gender’ in its’ meaning. We are the first nation to make WPS law and Congress is resourcing efforts, but we are failing to operationalize and meet the needs of agency leads who need this strategic capability most. There is a lack of highly trained and experienced Gender Advisors (GENAD) and standardization across policy, operations, and training with little oversight.
You need the right team of 2020vet strategists, policy makers, operators, and trainers. A team that acts quickly on their feet, understands the human domain and how to work with inter agencies, NGOs, international partners, and private industry. Weaving them together and leveraging their capabilities, avoiding duplication, and providing holistic oversight is key to mission success. Often, they work in silos, and it is equally crucial to have communications with these entities in tandem with the populations we are supporting. On the spot problem solvers that understand how what happens at the tactical level can influence longer term change at the operational and strategic levels.
What Makes Us Different
- There are no teams that have our training or experience within agencies having WPS equities: DoD, DoS, DHS, and USAID
- We lead and implement WPS through a strategic and operational lens
- We are often closest to the problem but understand how this influences strategy
- Military Reservists or veterans familiar with military language, culture, and training
- Citizen soldiers with outside careers adding business, security, medical, logistics, crisis response, peacekeeping, humanitarian, and social services acumen...