On October 13th, 2017, the Women in Public Service Project hosted Our Secure Future and the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security for a public conversation on the current level of men's engagement in Women, Peace and Security, and what steps we can take together to encourage more male allies to join the movement. Recommendations and findings from OSF’s report: Not the Usual Suspects: Engaging Male Champions of Women, Peace and Security, grounded the dialogue.
As a result of over 50 interviews with male leaders in this field, Our Secure Future’s Sahana Dharmapuri and Jolynn Shoemaker have identified the challenges to, and opportunities for further engaging men in the Women, Peace and Security agenda. The individuals interviewed, which include members of the panel, overwhelmingly highlighted the need to increase the number of male champions, improve collaboration—not just among men, but between women and men as well—and to advocate for a more robust implementation of WPS worldwide. This panel provided an opportunity to further investigate the ways in which the WPS community of practice can break out of existing silos, and better understand gender equality as the strategic capability it is.
The discussion was moderated by Ambassador Melanne Verveer of the Georgetown Institute for Women Peace and Security, with introductions from Gwen Young of the Women in Public Service Project. Panelists included Ms. Sahana Dharmapuri, Ambassador Steven McGann, Mr. Tim Shand, Ms. Jolynn Shoemaker, and Ambassador Donald Steinberg.
Missed the live event? Watch a video of the conversation here.