What is Our Secure Future?
What is your mission?
How do you work?
- Amplifying women’s voices,
- Strengthening the global network of women peacebuilders, and
- Promoting committed action by multiple stakeholders to turn policy into practice.
Partnerships, collaboration, and bridge-building are ways to leverage the strengths of the few for the benefit of many. Our focus on the primacy of partnerships means that consultation with chronically marginalized groups, especially women, is a key activity for OSF. This group is our primary stakeholder. Our Secure Future is relationship-centered, and we have strict criteria for how we partner.
What are OSF’s criteria for partnerships?
- Our Secure Future is not a grant-making organization.
- We are interested in both contributing to and conducting our own cutting-edge research that shows thought leadership.
- We support the convening of WPS-related events and women’s participation in those events.
- We partner with organizations with established, credible, global networks of peacebuilders, and with others committed to advancing Women, Peace and Security.
- We support the field through building technical capacity, co-sponsoring or convening events that create space to share good practices and great ideas to advance the WPS agenda.
Who do you collaborate with?
Some examples include:
- Canadian Defence Academy
- Carter Center
- Center for Global Security Cooperation
- Compton Foundation
- Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, US Indo-Pacific Command
- Denver University, Korbel School of International Studies, Inclusive Global Leadership Initiative (IGLI)
- Empower Peace
- Georgetown University, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security
- Global Education Fund (GEF)
- Global Greengrants
- Inclusive Security
- International Peace Institute
- McCain Institute
- Nobel Women’s Initiative
- Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
- Peace is Loud
- Ploughshares Fund
- Protect the People
- United Nations Association
- US Naval War College
- Urgent Action Fund
- Rockefeller Brothers Fund
- Strategy for Humanity
- Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL), International Civil Society Action Netwok (ICAN)
- Women in International Security (WIIS)
- Women’s Middle East Leadership Network
- Woodrow Wilson Center, Women in Public Service Project
- World Pulse
- US Civil Society Working Group (CSWG) on Women, Peace and Security (member, ongoing)
Our Secure Future collaborates frequently with members of its Advisory Committee and with its fellows and contractors.
OSF’s Advisory Committee members advise OSF’s director and staff on issues relating to program development and advancement and on strategic thinking. They also occasionally represent OSF at various conferences and events. The OSF Advisory Committee consists of the following members:
- Elmira Bayrasli: Co-founder, Foreign Policy Interrupted
- Suzanne Jalbert: CEO, Jalbert Consulting
- Ambassador C. Steven McGann: Founder, The Stevenson Group
- Eliza Woloson: Founder, Global Education Fund (GEF)
OSF works closely with its fellows and consultants, who assist the program in conducting research, in project planning and implementation, and by doing outreach on behalf of the program around the United States. As of 2018, OSF is proud to partner with the following experts on Women, Peace and Security:
- Mirsad “Miki” Jacevic
- Jolynn Shoemaker, Esq.
- Ambassador Donald Steinberg
- Sarah Williamson
In addition to the above list, Our Secure Future continues to grow its relationships with other individuals and organizations. We anticipate this list will continue to expand as our program gains momentum over the coming years.
What are some examples of OSF’s convenings?
We use our convening power to strengthen the global network of women peacebuilders and women-led organizations working on international peace and security issues. We do this by bringing together multiple actors across sectors to foster new avenues of collaboration.
These gatherings are an opportunity to provide space for long-term strategic thinking about Women, Peace and Security policy and practice. We try to ensure that women peacebuilders represent a significant portion of our participants. This supports our goal of amplifying women’s voices in international peace and security decision-making because we are able to:
- Capture women peacebuilders’ analysis and perspectives.
- Connect women peacebuilders to the larger policy and practitioner community.
- Share their views, expertise and analysis with multiple stakeholders who may have had limited engagement, both with women peacebuilders, and with the Women, Peace and Security agenda.
Some examples of recent convenings include:
What are some examples of your research?
Other recent publications include a policy brief on the US Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2017 and a one-pager with key findings from OSF’s forthcoming selected annotated bibliography on WPS. Upcoming projects include conducting a polling project on how women define or redefine security in order to transform the current approach to security thinking, and convening new and existing funders with women peacebuilders to stimulate new sources of funding for the field.
Do you give grants?
THE LEGAL AND POLICY COMMITMENTS THAT SUPPORT THE WORK OF OUR SECURE FUTURE
- The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human rights and subsequent human rights instruments including: The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, The Convention on the Rights of the Child, The Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, Supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime
- Declarations and action plans of the UN Conference on Women in Beijing and the Population Conference in Cairo and follow-up conferences
- UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security and subsequent resolutions
- The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, especially Goal #5 on Gender Equality and Goal #16 on Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, and the agreements made at the Conferences on Financing for Development
- The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court
- The Treaty on European Union
- The EU Action Plan for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment through EU external relations 2016-2020
- The EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy 2015-2019
- The Comprehensive approach to the EU implementation of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security
- The European Commission’s Strategy for Equality between Women and Men 2010-2015, and its successor, relevant guidelines, Council conclusions, and other documents
- US National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security (Revised 2016)
- US Executive Order—Instituting a National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security (EO 13595)
- US Women, Peace and Security Act of 2017 (S.1141)