Sahana Dharmapuri

Sahana Dharmapuri


Sahana Dharmapuri is the Director of Our Secure Future, a program of 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. 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 with 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. She received her Bachelor’s and two Master’s degrees from the University of Chicago. She is a very happy breast-cancer survivor.


Security Roundtable: Interview with Major General Patrick Cammaert, Former United Nations Force Commander for the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

May 05, 2018
A former UN general shares their thoughts on peacekeeping in the Democratic Republic of Congo and why women need to be engaged in peacekeeping efforts.
The four pillars of Women, Peace and Security are participation, conflict prevention, protection, and gender mainstreaming

Back to Basics: A Cheat Sheet to the Four Pillars

April 03, 2018
Apply your knowledge of Women, Peace and Security with our helpful cheat sheet for guidance!
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Back to Basics: The Women, Peace and Security Mandate Has Four Pillars (Part II)

March 30, 2018
Continuing our series, Our Secure Future provides insight into implementing the four pillars of Women, Peace and Security.

Back to Basics: The Women, Peace and Security Mandate Has Four Pillars (Part I)

March 23, 2018
Introducing the four pillars of Women, Peace and Security: what are they and what are their goals? 

Security Roundtable: Expert Interviews with Women Leaders in Women, Peace and Security

March 09, 2018
Three experts on Women, Peace and Security reveal what is still missing from the global policy debate on international peace and security.

Security Roundtable: Women, Peace and Security expert, Cynthia Enloe

February 16, 2018
In this portion of our Security Roundtable interview series, Our Secure Future speaks with Women, Peace and Security expert Cynthia Enloe to examine UNSCR 1325, learn about challenges in the field, and find out what keeps her up at night.

Security Roundtable: Interview with Male Leaders on Promoting Gender Equality in International Security and Peace

February 02, 2018
Three male leaders in the field of Women, Peace and Security share their experiences paving the way in engaging men in women's rights.
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Women, Peace and Security: There's an Act for That! (Part III)

December 15, 2017
As of October 2017, the United States has domestic legislation that mandates women's full and equal participation in peace and security issues. Learn how to hack this new law to support WPS more broadly.