This policy builds on the “three Ps” of counter-trafficking—Prevention, Protection, and Prosecution—with emphases on strengthening partnerships with governments, the private sector, and local civil society, as well as increasing the evidence base to drive investments in proven strategies.
Secretarial Policy Guidance on Promoting Gender Equality to Achieve National Security and Foreign Policy Objectives: The third of seven policy guidance issued on Secretary Clinton’s watch, it requires the State Dept.’s bureaus, offices, and embassies to account for gender in their strategic planning and budgeting in addition to improving monitoring and evaluation of foreign assistance programs.
The agency’s first revamped gender policy in three decades seeks to eliminate gender disparities, protect women and men from gender-based violence, and increase women’s access to decision-making opportunities.
The bill introduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) called for an appropriation of $50 million to finance a multiyear strategy to ensure the US NAP’s implementation
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim announced a plan for better data-gathering on girls and women as an essential way to boost women’s empowerment and economic growth
- Encourage the US to work with international partners and eliminate barriers to women’s participation in high-stakes peace and security processes.
- Mandate training for US defense, diplomatic, and development personnel on the value of women’s inclusion and strategies for achieving it.
- Require the secretary of state to provide an annual report to Congress that evaluates US diplomatic and foreign assistance vis-à-vis women’s participation.
These twin plans detail emblematic, in-progress, and planned activities designed to instigate progress toward specific outcomes, such as women’s leadership in the security sector. They delineate clear roles and lines of responsibility in addition to discussing regional programming in-depth.
Mandated by the Fiscal Year 2012 Appropriations legislation, among the strategy’s goals is changing the way USAID determines its gender-based violence programming priorities by factoring in the political will and technical capacity of US and host government stakeholders, as well as local civil society.
Requires the Department of Defense to "produce a plan to promote the security of Afghan women and girls during the transition process, including monitoring and responding to changes in women’s security; improving gender sensitivity and responsiveness among Afghan National Security Forces personnel; and increasing recruitment and retention of women in the Afghan National Security Forces." (casey.senate.gov)