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senate Bill S. 1141

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.

Kodiwodi's Opinion
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09/22/2017
Women represent better than 50% of the world's population yet are terribly underrepresented in politics and government in general. So large a population must have a larger role in our global future and bring a uniquely female perspective to the table. The decisions to be made are not unilaterally male. The consequences to come will be shared by all sexes. For this reason alone increased female participation is required.
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Collin's Opinion
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09/22/2017
Men certainly haven't done a decent job in keeping the peace.
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Wendy's Opinion
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09/22/2017
We would have had Hillary been elected. I guarantee she wouldn’t be throwing silly names back and forth with our foes thus endangering our country even more.
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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.

NQuiterio's Opinion
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09/22/2017
They obviously should. Whoever is fit to do something should do it; their race or gender shouldn't be taken into account. So, I don't think an express of Congress is needed.
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Carrie's Opinion
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09/22/2017
I agree that the best person ( male or female) should do the negotiating. Race or Creed doesn't matter. Whoever does the best. Let's get other more pressing issues handled.
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Keith's Opinion
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09/22/2017
I have no problem with women assuming positions of authority in government, but they have to earn those positions just like everyone else. This bill would put women in powerful positions regardless of qualifications. That is a recipe for disaster.
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What is Senate Bill S. 1141?

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 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 Senate Bill S. 1141

The CBO estimates that enacting this bill would cost less than $500,000 over the 2018-2022 period.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced this bill to ensure that women are fairly represented in peace negotiations and conflict prevention talks that the U.S. participates in:

“Women and girls are disproportionally affected by violence and armed conflict around the world, yet far too often they are under-represented at the negotiation table. This bipartisan legislation makes ending violence against women and girls a top diplomatic, devleopment, and foreign assistance priority, empowering more women and allowing them to more effectively affect change in our world. I look forward to working with the House to move this legislation and put women at the forefront of American foreign policy and peacebuilding around the world.”

Lead cosponsor Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) added:

"Women are effective problem-solvers and mediators, yet they are often excluded from peacekeeping and mediation efforts. As women continue to assume more leadership roles in international affairs, this legislation will help build on that momentum and promote their inclusion in peace processes."

This legislation was passed by the Senate on a voice vote. It has the support of four bipartisan cosponsors in the Senate, evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats.


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: הצגת התנאים / Creative Commons)

AKA

Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2017

Official Title

A bill 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.

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  • EnactedOctober 6th, 2017
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The house Passed September 25th, 2017
    Passed by Voice Vote
  • The senate Passed August 3rd, 2017
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Foreign Relations
    IntroducedMay 16th, 2017

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    Women represent better than 50% of the world's population yet are terribly underrepresented in politics and government in general. So large a population must have a larger role in our global future and bring a uniquely female perspective to the table. The decisions to be made are not unilaterally male. The consequences to come will be shared by all sexes. For this reason alone increased female participation is required.
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    They obviously should. Whoever is fit to do something should do it; their race or gender shouldn't be taken into account. So, I don't think an express of Congress is needed.
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    Men certainly haven't done a decent job in keeping the peace.
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    We would have had Hillary been elected. I guarantee she wouldn’t be throwing silly names back and forth with our foes thus endangering our country even more.
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    Like that is going to happen under president pussy grabber, but it'd be nice.
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    50% of the world should get a good say in world events
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    I agree that the best person ( male or female) should do the negotiating. Race or Creed doesn't matter. Whoever does the best. Let's get other more pressing issues handled.
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    Women need to play a bigger role in virtually every political situation. Period, end of story.
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    I have no problem with women assuming positions of authority in government, but they have to earn those positions just like everyone else. This bill would put women in powerful positions regardless of qualifications. That is a recipe for disaster.
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    Women are the cultivators of life and are statistically significantly less violent. Unless this just something to make the people feel better that this is being considered and governments actually just want to continue to profit from war.. Revert back to matriarchal ideals and values to save our species.
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    Look at where male decision makers have taken us!
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    Women have always played the role of holding families and communities together. Where it is men's historical role to charge into battle, it is women's historical role to prepare a meal and bring people to the table. At the table there is talk, breaking bread, and sharing our commonality. We need more of this.
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    Women represent about 50% of the US population yet only 19.6% of Congress. Congress should be reflective of the citizens in the country they represent, and this bill would help in the regard.
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    Gender should NEVER be a factor in anyone's suitability for any job. Replace "women" with "men" or worse "race" and it becomes plain how deeply troubling this type of question is.
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    Hell yes!
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    I very much support this. Women have so much to bring to the table but continue to be held back in our patriarchal, misogynistic society. And if you don't believe the above statement is true please just take a look at some of the demeaning nay comments to this question. Some of these folks really have issues with women. Many others argue the best person for the job should get the position. I agree. But they then go on to argue gender should not be a factor in deciding who gets these important positions. The problem with this flawed reasoning of course is that it already is a factor favoring men. Women are half the population yet are still only afforded token representation in positions of leadership and influence. As a general rule, women tend to be better listeners, more empathetic, and more prone to peacekeeping than violence. We would be grand additions in the effort to build peace and harmony and a better world. Especially since we also know a thing or two about mediation and an awful lot about tough love. Again, women have much to offer if only we were more frequently provided the opportunity to contribute. Please support this bill.
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    Women as peacemakers? Ever watch women fight? Where do you think “cat fight” comes from? Besides, Hillary’s to fat to fight, let alone make cogent decision. Another reason why mother-in-laws are not welcome.
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    The authors of this bill are women, who are obviously delusional, if they believe that women are peacemakers. Women are the chief dividers in family, and every other social group. (No recollection of middle school or high school, ladies?) One last word: abortion.
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    I am in support of being purposeful in building diversity into all of the work our government does.
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    Women are strong and better at compromise than hard headed men who know everything. Give them a chance we men have done a terrible job so far.
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