Jun 132012

Last week I attended a Congressional roundtable discussion that brought key players from the Obama Administration, Congress, and civil society together to talk about the next steps for the National Action Plan (NAP) on Women, Peace and Security which was signed by President Obama last fall.  While the road to fully implementing this plan will no doubt be long and less than perfect, that we are even having this discussion is crucially important as is bringing together the dedicated activists and politicians who are committed to moving this forward.

Ambassador Melanne Verveer discusses the NAP under Lincoln's watchful gaze. Photo by Lucinda Marshall

Be that as it may, you probably didn’t hear about this on the news because a packed room of women (and a few men) sitting at a conference table under a painting of Lincoln and his advisers talking about women’s human rights is just not up at the top of the newsworthy food chain scale.  For that reason, I was pleased to write about the roundtable for the Women’s Media Center.

As I note in the article, there is still much to be done and as I have written on this blog, I have significant concerns about how the U.S. will implement this plan.  A new report on the progress being made on the NAP is due out in the next few weeks, and after that I will be more fully addressing those concerns.

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (One of my personal sheroes) and Rep. Russ Carnahan hosted the Roundtable in conjunction with WILPF. Photo by Lucinda Marshall

 June 13, 2012  Posted by on June 13, 2012

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