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Boiler Plate Language
Our Secure Future (OSF) works to strengthen the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda to build a more peaceful world through ensuring women’s full participation in governance. Three key areas of opportunity to strengthen the global Women, Peace and Security agenda are:
- Amplifying women’s voices,
- Strengthening the global network of women peacebuilders,
- Promoting committed action by multiple stakeholders to turn policy into practice
We do this through the Women, Peace and Security Congressional Caucus, civil society consultations with the Executive Branch, and producing original research and policy briefs.
We believe increasing the participation of women in decision-making and the use of a gender perspective in international peace and security are critical to achieving peace through governance.
Headshots and Bios
Sahana Dharmapuri is the Director of the Our Secure Future program at the One Earth Future Foundation. From 2006-2016 she was an independent gender advisor on gender, peace, and security issues to USAID, NATO, The Swedish Armed Forces, the United States Institute for Peace, International Peace Institute, and other international development organizations. Most recently, Ms. Dharmapuri was a writer-residence at the Carey Institute for Global Good (Winter 2016) where she completed her first book, Women, Peace & Security: 10 Things You Should Know. She was appointed a Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (2011-2013) and she was an Investing in Women in Development Fellow at the United States Agency for International Development (2003-2005). She has published widely on women, peace and security issues including by CNN, Christian Science Monitor, The Fletcher Security Review, Hedaya and The Center for Global Counter-Terrorism, Women’s E-News, Human Rights Quarterly, The Global Responsibility to Protect Journal, The Global Observatory, The Alliance for Peacebuilding Online Journal, the Louisiana Literature Review, The US Naval War College’s Women, Peace and Security monograph series, and Parameters: The Senior Professional Journal of the US Army.
Erin Cooper is a Program Manager with Our Secure Future. She graduated from the University of Denver with a Master’s in International Studies with specializations in Security and Human Rights focusing on human trafficking, human security and the relationship between security policy and international development. At the University of Denver, she served as the Deputy Director for the 2019-2020 academic year for the Human Trafficking Center. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pittsburgh with her Bachelor’s degree where she double majored in History and Political Science with a concentration in American Legal History. She has previously interned for the U.S. Mission to Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) with the Department of State, One Earth Future with Our Secure Future, and the International Rescue Committee. Prior to the University of Denver, she served as an Education Volunteer with the Peace Corps in rural Thailand, worked as an operations manager in a retail store, and is a certified yoga instructor.
Hannah Proctor is the WPS Project Specialist with Our Secure Future. Previously, she worked at Women In International Security (WIIS), focusing on states’ National Action Plans on Women, Peace and Security and the role of sexual and reproductive healthcare in the WPS agenda. Hannah also served on a WIIS panel on the 2019 US Strategy on WPS. She graduated with Merit from the London School of Economics in the inaugural cohort of the MSc in Women, Peace and Security, and Magna Cum Laude from the University of Georgia with dual Bachelor’s Degrees in Women’s Studies and International Affairs. At LSE, Hannah completed a dissertation on the role of women and girls’ right to education in preventing and mitigating intrastate conflict. Hannah has worked with TEDxUGA, the Special Olympics World Games, and NK Istra, where she developed the Girls’ Empowerment Program.
Cassandra Zavislak is the Project Assistant with the Our Secure Future program. Prior to joining One Earth Future’s OSF program, Cassandra earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan in 2019. She majored in International Studies with honors; Political Science; and Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Area Studies. At Michigan, she wrote her undergraduate honors capstone on women in extremist groups and spent time studying in Brussels, Stockholm, and St. Petersburg. Cassandra earned her Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in 2021. At the Fletcher School, she specialized in International Security Studies and International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, and wrote her capstone on the male supremacist movement within the U.S. alternative right.
In addition to her work with OSF, Cassandra is the Fall 2021 Fellow with the Leadership Council for Women in International Security (LCWINS). In the past, she has worked with Women in International Security, Global (WIIS), where she carried out research on masculinity and international security and developed a workshop training program for emerging international security professionals. Cassandra has also worked with the Hudson Institute on US-Russia-China relations and the effects of COVID-19 on transatlantic relations policy. She has worked with the Military Intervention Project at the Fletcher School, conducted research with the University of Michigan on the development of international human rights law and ethical-political science research, and interned with the state of Michigan Senate.
Women, Peace & Security and the Digital Ecosystem: Five Emerging Trends in the Technology and Gender Policy Landscape
While technology offers immense potential for humanity, the digital ecosystem has also revealed a darker side - and it is closely intertwined with gender inequality. From lack of participation and access to gender-based bias, harassment, and abuse, women’s experiences in the technology space and with digital platforms are often amplifying inequalities. For policymakers, the costs of ignoring these trends could lead to new technology, peace and security structures, processes that weaken core human rights, and gender equality norms and obligations around the world.