Sahana Dharmapuri

Sahana Dharmapuri


Sahana Dharmapuri is a gender expert and advisor to senior civilian policy makers and military officials on promoting peace and conflict prevention. Ms. Dharmapuri’s global perspective brings an intersectional lens to a broad range of inter-agency and multilateral engagement.

Ms. Dharmapuri is the inaugural Director of Our Secure Future, the Women, Peace and Security program of One Earth Future Foundation (2016 to present). Ms. Dharmapuri also has served as gender advisor on women, peace, and security issues to the Department of State, USAID and the Department of Defense. Her work includes developing sustainable policy approaches and program implementation for NATO, Sweden and Canada. She is a key interlocutor to USIP, IPI, and other international organizations on women’s rights and a variety of security issues.

Ms. Dharmapuri’s professional honors include: Board member for the Rockflower Foundation; OEF representative on the Board of the International Code of Conduct Association; a Fellowship at the Carey Institute for Global Good for Nonfiction Writing in 2016; a Fellowship appointment at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government 2011-2013; and a Fellowship appointment at USAID as an Investing in Women in Development Fellow from 2003-2005.

She is widely published including in Foreign Policy Magazine, CNN Online, and various outlets. In 2001 she co-created the first India-Pakistan Track 2 diplomacy effort with the University of New Delhi’s Women’s College and His Holiness The Dalai Lama’s Foundation for Universal Responsibility. She was recognized on International Women’s Day 2021, as a leader in women’s rights on the Fem100 list. Ms. Dharmapuri received a BA and Master’s Degrees from the University of Chicago.


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The “New Normal” Means a New Definition of Security

June 09, 2020
Finding some sense of normalcy doesn’t mean going back to traditional views of national security. It is time to formalize a new vision of how we view security.
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Letter from the Director

March 09, 2020
March 10, 2020--Yesterday we announced the establishment of the Women, Peace and Security Caucus in the US House of Representatives. 
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Policy Frameworks Supporting the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in the U.S. Context

July 08, 2019
What are the national and international policy frameworks that shaped the U.S. Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2017 and the mandated WPS Strategy that followed? Our Secure Future partnered with some congressional offices to request the Congressional Research Service to illuminate these structures... more
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Letter from the Director: Make 2019 the best year yet for Women, Peace and Security

January 21, 2019
“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.”- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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?