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House Committee Approves Women, Peace, and Security Act

On June 16, the House Foreign Affairs Committee approved, by voice vote, the Women, Peace, and Security Act (H.R. 5332). The committee held a hearing on female participation in peace negotiations in March (see The Source, 3/25/16).

The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD), would ensure, as a matter of U.S. policy, the participation of women in negotiations and mediation to prevent, mitigate, and resolve violent conflict. The bill would require the development of a government-wide strategy, known as the Women, Peace, and Security Strategy, to implement the policy.

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