“The Trump administration rolled out a new initiative Tuesday aimed at giving women a bigger role in global peace and security efforts.
White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter, has been a key champion of the effort and took part in a discussion about it at the Capitol with a bipartisan group of lawmakers, including Sen. Jim Risch (R., Idaho), Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D., N.H.), Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R., W.Va.). With President Trump feuding with congressional Democrats on multiple fronts, an event such as this one—a senior White House official joining a Democrat to advance a policy goal—is a rare occurrence.
The White House said the plan will direct federal departments and agencies that deal with foreign policy and international aid to increase women’s participation in global conflict resolution and disaster-recovery efforts, as well as promote physical safety for women and girls.
In a statement, Ms. Trump, whose White House role includes advocating for women and families, said that the strategy “recognizes that women’s participation and empowerment are essential to good defense policy, conflict resolution and post-conflict peace-building efforts.”
The National Security Council is overseeing the rollout of the government-wide strategy, and the State Department, Defense Department, Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Agency for International Development will be involved as well. They will be responsible for developing implementation plans and reporting back to Congress.
This strategy follows the Women, Peace, and Security Act, which was passed by Congress in 2017 and signed into law by Mr. Trump. That law, authored and introduced by Sen. Shaheen, seeks to increase women’s participation in overseas conflict resolution and called for a government-wide approach to the issue.
Previous national action plans to address women and security were released in 2011 and 2016; they also sought to include women in peace efforts and make that push part of U.S. foreign policy.”
-From the WSJ, By Catherine Lucey