This month I was pleased to interview Tanya Henderson, the Public Policy Director at Women’s Actions for New Directions about some of their current programs on Women, Peace and Security. In this interview, we discuss the new Women, Peace and Security Act of 2013 (WPS Act) which was introduced on July 31, 2013, in the U.S. House of Representatives. The purpose of this legislation is to ensure that the United States promotes women’s meaningful inclusion and participation in mediation and negotiation processes undertaken in order to prevent, mitigate, or resolve violent conflict and implements the United States National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security (U.S. NAP), enacted in December 2011 by Executive Order of the President. We also discuss WAND’s efforts to bring women parliamentarians from around the world together to discuss and identify key strategic security priorities in the Af-Pak region. Background on Tanya Henderson Tanya is a human rights attorney, specializing in gender, children’s rights and poverty law, with significant experience in program development, nonprofit management, and peace advocacy. She received her JD from Suffolk University Law School and pursued her LL.M (Master’s of Law) in international law from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Prior to joining WAND, Tanya was the National Director for the U.S. Section of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), a legal consultant for the Ministry of Social Affairs in Lebanon on issues of gender based violence and women’s political participation, and worked in Ethiopia as part of a research team in conjunction with the Harvard Medical School, researching and drafting policy related to gender inequality, poverty and mental health law.
A few weeks ago, Barbara Crossette of the New York Times reviewed my study Not Just a Numbers Game: Increasing Women’s Participation in Peacekeeping for the blog PassBlue. My study was published in July by the Providing for Peacekeeping Project, sponsored by The International Peace Institute, George Washington University and Griffith University of Australia. Check it out!