Under Secretary Maria Otero for Democracy and Global Affairs today said women continue tp drive democratic change and social equality.
At the Women in Security Network of the Peace Research Institute in Norway, Ms. Otero said the role of women-as leaders, first responders and victims-is key to global progress.
She said the United States is elevating civilian security-and the role of women in security- in their own foreign policy. She said women figure largely in the equation to peace and security.
Ms. Otero stressed that by refining and strengthening their civilian tools, the US government will better advance its foreign policy goals in concert with its military.
She stressed that leading through civilian power means:
Ms. Otero stated that as part of the changes underway, she will oversee the reorganization of Department of State entities united under the Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights to:
“Of course, no matter where our civilian security efforts take place, we are ever mindful of the role of women. Whether we are facing political repression, war, climate change, or natural disaster, women and young people are on the front lines-as both victims and first responders.” -Ms. Otero
She highlighted that despite bearing the brunt of society’s political and economic challenges, women continue to drive democratic change and social equality.
Ms. Otero said she has participated in “The Role of Women in Global Security” Conference in Copenhagen. In the conference, the participants in the conference observed that ten years after the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 1325, some improvements have been made, but women remain underrepresented in public office, at the negotiating table, and in peacekeeping missions.
She emphasized the need to be doing a better job of incorporating women into peace building efforts at every step of the way, including in post-conflict disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR), security sector reform, and the rule of law activities.
“Because, as we pave a path for women to become change agents in their own societies, we tip the balance away from more violence and towards more equitable and positive solutions.” -Ms. Otero
She underscored that the United States’ increased focus on civilian security, conflict prevention-and the role of women in both-is an important opportunity for increased collaboration between U.S. and Norway.