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house Bill H.R. 5332

Do Women Need to Play a Larger Role in Preventing and Resolving Armed Conflict?

Argument in favor

Women need to play a larger role in global peace negotiations and conflict prevention talks, and this bill would lead to a comprehensive strategy that ensures they’re fairly represented in U.S. negotiations.

Amanda's Opinion
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11/16/2016
Many commenters say that regardless of gender whoever is qualified should get the job... in an ideal world, that works. In an ideal world where sexism, conscious or unconscious, doesn't exist, that works. In an ideal world where women aren't jumping through more systematic hoops at work that many other men fail to see even occurring let alone not have to jump through themselves, that works. Affirmative action's intention is to acknowledge the REALITY of our world where we women deal with sexism on a daily basis: whether it be unconscious assumptions i.e. "Women are good at conflict resolution", or if it's conscious misogyny manifested in micro-aggressions that are very hard to prove have prejudice behind them. Men (and women) who deny this happens are either willfully ignorant or just oblivious to their surroundings (or they are the ones guilty of the misogyny and discrimination being complained about, which was the case for me personally at a previous job where the boss turned a blind eye to sexual harassment because he himself was harassing other employees). And the higher up the corporate or government ladder you climb, the more difficult it becomes and the more likely you will be the only woman in a room full of men the vast majority of your time at work. That's not anecdotal, that's from meta studies on women in the workplace. Women, and minorities/POC, WANT TO BE REPRESENTED, and that won't happen if white men in suits only look to other white men to hire because of their assumptions about women and/or POC (whether or not they are conscious of those biases). If we (women and POC) did not fight for our right to be treated equally and to not be harassed at work, we'd be living in a Mad Men world. I'm not okay with that. Women and POC can offer different perspectives based on their personal background and can provide refreshing thoughts or ideas on how to improve the company/ the government institution they work for. That is not the same as assuming "women are good at fixing this problem for me". When I find a woman of color that tells me we no longer need affirmative action, then maybe I'll listen. But I'm not going to let people from the majority group i.e. White Men tell me that we don't need something that no longer gives them a leg up in the working world. Just... stop please. And listen to your colleagues who are women, who are of color, and just ASK them about their experience as a woman/POC in the work place, just LISTEN to their stories, and I guarantee you that you will reconsider your position on ending affirmative action.
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abigailmy's Opinion
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11/15/2016
This would serve to create a more accurate representation of the general population. Additionally, women are often not selected to play in these pivotal roles in spite of the fact they are equally qualified or more so than their male counterparts. This sort of legislation would aid in preventing forms of systemic sexism.
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Hagerstown's Opinion
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11/15/2016
Women, just like men, represent the American people. Without the inclusion of women in U.S. negotiations, women are poorly represented to other countries around the world. We have gone too long of a bunch of old white men representing a melting pot of a society.
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Argument opposed

There doesn’t need to be a concerted effort to get women more involved in peace negotiations. If they have risen to positions in the State Department or other agencies that merit it, they’ll have a seat at the table.

sotirisg27's Opinion
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11/16/2016
It seems odd that we'd pay special attention to who's resolving the conflicts. It would be best to focus on merit and credentials when selecting delegates for these issues rather than gender.
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Talida's Opinion
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11/15/2016
Women shouldn't be given positions based on their gender, but based on merit. It's time to stop giving preferential treatment, and let women work their way to positions they want.
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Loraki's Opinion
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11/16/2016
Oh, for Pete's sake! Enough already with these nonsensical bills and resolutions! WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH CONGRESS?! YOU NEED TO GET YOUR PRIORITIES STRAIGHT! Kristi Noem, one would think you're a progressive Democommie engaging in an attempt at social engineering, rather than a Republican! Oh, but I forget - most of the GOP currently sitting in Congress are a bunch of RINOs! That was proven by y'all's re-electing the same old ESTABLISHMENT HACKS for your leadership again! Didn't Trump's election give you a clue that the American people are TIRED OF THE STATUS QUO?! But getting back to the bill under consideration, I'm sure a lot of women prefer to ignore the following Scripture, but if you have a problem with it, take it up with God! “And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression.” (‭‭I Timothy‬ ‭2:12-14‬ ‭NKJV‬‬) Of course, the apostle Paul was writing this for Christian ears and referring to women in the Church in that first sentence, but I would maintain that what's good for Christ's Church is also good for society in general! Now, I'm just saying that women have their strengths, just as men have theirs, but I would let that Scripture serve as a warning to keep in the back of your mind when putting together any kind of negotiating team.
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What is House Bill H.R. 5332?

This bill would express the sense of Congress that the U.S. should be a global leader in promoting the meaningful participation of women in conflict prevention, management, and resolution, in addition to post-conflict relief and recovery efforts.

The president would be required to submit to Congress and make publicly available a Women, Peace, and Security Strategy before October 1 in 2017, 2022, and 2027 that:

  • Is aligned with other nations’ plans to improve the participation of women in peace and security processes, conflict prevention, peace building, and decision-making institutions in conflict-affected environments;

  • Includes goals and evaluation plans to ensure the strategy’s effectiveness.

State Department personnel responsible for going to conflict zones would receive training in the following areas with an emphasis on ensuring the participation of women in:

  • Conflict prevention, mitigation, and resolution;

  • Protecting civilians from violence, exploitation, and human trafficking;

  • International human rights law.

Dept. of Defense personnel that go to conflict zones would receive training on conflict prevention, mitigation, and resolution initiatives that address the importance of participation by women.  Additionally, they’d be trained in gender considerations and elements of international human rights law aimed at protecting civilians from violence, exploitation, and human trafficking.

The State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development would establish guidelines for overseas American personnel to consult with stakeholders about U.S. efforts to:

  • Prevent, mitigate, or resolve violent conflict;

  • Enhance the success of mediation and negotiation.

Impact

Women who work for federal agencies in roles that would allow them to take part in peace negotiations or conflict prevention activities; the State Dept., DOD, and USAID; and the president.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 5332

$15.00 Million
The CBO estimates that enacting this bill would cost $15 million over the 2017-2021 period.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) introduced this bill to ensure that women are fairly represented in peace negotiations and conflict prevention talks that the U.S. participates in:

“Conflict knows no gender just as peace should know no gender, and still, women are underrepresented when it comes to preventing conflicts and building peace. The bipartisan Women, Peace and Security Act ensures, through meaningful congressional oversight, that women have a seat at the table during peace negotiations. Especially at a time when the world is so volatile, I’m grateful to my colleagues for working to advance this tool, which we’re hopeful will produce more sustainable outcomes during future conflict resolution and peace negotiation processes.”

This legislation was passed by the House Foreign Affairs Committee by unanimous consent. It has the support of 48 bipartisan cosponsors in the House, including 36 Democrats and 12 Republicans.


Of Note: A study by the nonprofit group Inclusive Security found that peace agreements negotiated with the involvement of women are 35 percent more likely to last 15 years.


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: State Department / Creative Commons)

AKA

Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2016

Official Title

To ensure that the United States promotes the meaningful participation of women in mediation and negotiation processes seeking to prevent, mitigate, or resolve violent conflict.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Foreign Relations
  • The house Passed November 15th, 2016
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Armed Services
      Military Personnel
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
    IntroducedMay 25th, 2016

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    Many commenters say that regardless of gender whoever is qualified should get the job... in an ideal world, that works. In an ideal world where sexism, conscious or unconscious, doesn't exist, that works. In an ideal world where women aren't jumping through more systematic hoops at work that many other men fail to see even occurring let alone not have to jump through themselves, that works. Affirmative action's intention is to acknowledge the REALITY of our world where we women deal with sexism on a daily basis: whether it be unconscious assumptions i.e. "Women are good at conflict resolution", or if it's conscious misogyny manifested in micro-aggressions that are very hard to prove have prejudice behind them. Men (and women) who deny this happens are either willfully ignorant or just oblivious to their surroundings (or they are the ones guilty of the misogyny and discrimination being complained about, which was the case for me personally at a previous job where the boss turned a blind eye to sexual harassment because he himself was harassing other employees). And the higher up the corporate or government ladder you climb, the more difficult it becomes and the more likely you will be the only woman in a room full of men the vast majority of your time at work. That's not anecdotal, that's from meta studies on women in the workplace. Women, and minorities/POC, WANT TO BE REPRESENTED, and that won't happen if white men in suits only look to other white men to hire because of their assumptions about women and/or POC (whether or not they are conscious of those biases). If we (women and POC) did not fight for our right to be treated equally and to not be harassed at work, we'd be living in a Mad Men world. I'm not okay with that. Women and POC can offer different perspectives based on their personal background and can provide refreshing thoughts or ideas on how to improve the company/ the government institution they work for. That is not the same as assuming "women are good at fixing this problem for me". When I find a woman of color that tells me we no longer need affirmative action, then maybe I'll listen. But I'm not going to let people from the majority group i.e. White Men tell me that we don't need something that no longer gives them a leg up in the working world. Just... stop please. And listen to your colleagues who are women, who are of color, and just ASK them about their experience as a woman/POC in the work place, just LISTEN to their stories, and I guarantee you that you will reconsider your position on ending affirmative action.
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    It seems odd that we'd pay special attention to who's resolving the conflicts. It would be best to focus on merit and credentials when selecting delegates for these issues rather than gender.
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    This would serve to create a more accurate representation of the general population. Additionally, women are often not selected to play in these pivotal roles in spite of the fact they are equally qualified or more so than their male counterparts. This sort of legislation would aid in preventing forms of systemic sexism.
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    Women, just like men, represent the American people. Without the inclusion of women in U.S. negotiations, women are poorly represented to other countries around the world. We have gone too long of a bunch of old white men representing a melting pot of a society.
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    Women shouldn't be given positions based on their gender, but based on merit. It's time to stop giving preferential treatment, and let women work their way to positions they want.
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    Oh, for Pete's sake! Enough already with these nonsensical bills and resolutions! WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH CONGRESS?! YOU NEED TO GET YOUR PRIORITIES STRAIGHT! Kristi Noem, one would think you're a progressive Democommie engaging in an attempt at social engineering, rather than a Republican! Oh, but I forget - most of the GOP currently sitting in Congress are a bunch of RINOs! That was proven by y'all's re-electing the same old ESTABLISHMENT HACKS for your leadership again! Didn't Trump's election give you a clue that the American people are TIRED OF THE STATUS QUO?! But getting back to the bill under consideration, I'm sure a lot of women prefer to ignore the following Scripture, but if you have a problem with it, take it up with God! “And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression.” (‭‭I Timothy‬ ‭2:12-14‬ ‭NKJV‬‬) Of course, the apostle Paul was writing this for Christian ears and referring to women in the Church in that first sentence, but I would maintain that what's good for Christ's Church is also good for society in general! Now, I'm just saying that women have their strengths, just as men have theirs, but I would let that Scripture serve as a warning to keep in the back of your mind when putting together any kind of negotiating team.
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    I might not have voted YEA if I had not read the lame con argument. Gentlemen, it may have escaped your notice but for the entire past history of humankind, men have owned the ball, the baseball diamond, your father's & uncles & brothers have been the umps, owned the team & the field. I know it pains you to share any part of absolute control over the entire blooming universe but could you take deep breath & consider how badly you've done with the peace portion of war & peace. The United States is apparently committed to eternal war. And yet, there are very few of you who gave up even a tiny bit of privilege to actually serve in the military much less see a battlefield. With that particular history of entitlement & cowardice on record, BACK OFF & give someone else a turn! Women have something to offer. We are quite good with toddlers & the unteachable.
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    Sexism exists. We need to help women start to play bigger roles within the government.
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    This is a good idea. It is clear that women can't do worse than men have done so far.
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    Define role? As in combat roles? If the women is trained in combat. Diplomatic role? absolutely. The more points of view on a situation couldn't hurt. Women should also have equal pay, why don't we start there.
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    I would love for the most qualified person to be in these role, no matter their gender.
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    I want the best qualified person (s). I don't want mandated quotas just to check the equal rights box.
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    Women should absolutely be at the table in negotiations and, from the way I'm reading this bill, this will help make sure the women are there and not repressed. I vote yes.
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    Yes. Because of structural institutions women are less likely to be represented in these types of scenarios, when we have skill in conflict resolution.
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    Representation is absolutely vital.
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    There should be a sustained and concentrated effort at getting more women involved in peace making and conflict resolution. Biases are built into our culture that oftentimes lead to competent women being passed over for promotions, even if they have the right experience. This bill would help acknowledge and defeat these biases making space for more inclusiveness and equality among women in the work force.
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    Another positive step in eliminating institutional sexism.
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    Is this what Congress considers an important issue? What P.C. ninny thought this one up?
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    If this bill is going allocate more money to encourage women to do what they are already allowed to do then it is a waste of tax payer money. This day and age is all about equal opportunity and women are already being encourage to play larger roles in government. If women aren't playing a larger role in thid area it is because they have chosen not to.
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    How about we appoint people based on merit, not gender.
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