US: Women leaders gather in Washington DC to promote peace, security

New York, US (PANA) - Women leaders from government ministries, security sectors and civil society organisations have begun a 19-day programme in Washington, DC, US, to explore how women can advocate for peace, promote stability and improve security conditions in their communities, a US State Department statement said.

The statement, obtained by PANA in New York on Tuesday, said the 8-26 Sept. event, tagged: "Women Leaders: Promoting Peace and Security", brings 85 participants from around the world.

It said the initiative supports the US National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security, which calls for the empowerment of women as equal partners in preventing conflict and building peace in countries threatened and affected by war, violence, and insecurity.

It noted that the participants would also explore how they could better lead conflict mediation and community transformation efforts in the various countries.

"The participants will meet with government, business and non-profit organisation leaders across the United States and discuss ideas to impact their communities and the participants will meet with US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Ms. Wendy Sherman, US Ambassador at Large for Global Women’s Issues, Ms. Catherine Russell, and other officials at the State Department.

"They will also hold discussions with Assistant to the US President for Homeland Security and Counter-terrorism, Ms. Lisa Monaco, at the US Institute of Peace and they will then break into smaller groups to visit two additional cities before reuniting for closing sessions in Chicago," the statement said.

It also added that, through meetings, workshops, site visits and round table discussions, the participants would examine essential leadership skills needed to balance divergent social demands and interests when confronting political, social, and economic challenges.

-0- PANA AA/SEG 9Sept2014

09 september 2014 08:40:28




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