Program

Event starts at 2:00 p.m. EDT.
A reception with wine, beer, and hors d'oeuvres will follow.

Connecting Worlds Apart
The world said “never again,” but watched as Bosnia fell apart. A policy failure, rooted in disconnect between those at the table and those living at the heart of the violence.

  • Zana Marjanović – Member, House of Representatives, Bosnian Parliament

  • Amna Popovac – Owner, Studio 88 Radio Station

Opening
Together, we celebrate 20 years in pursuit of inclusive security—and commit to making meaningful inclusion a reality in the years to come.

  • Ambassador Swanee Hunt – U.S. Ambassador to Austria (1993-1997); Founder and Chair, Inclusive Security

  • Mirsad Jačević – Vice Chair, Inclusive Security

  • Ambassador Catherine Russell – U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues

Building the Movement
We stand on the shoulders of giants. Four pioneers of the inclusive security agenda reflect on the moments that led us here.

  • Irene Santiago – CEO, Mindanao Commission on Women

  • Luz Méndez – Vice President of the Executive Board, Unión Nacional de Mujeres Guatemaltecas

  • Monica McWilliams – Professor and Research Fellow, Transitional Justice Institute at Ulster University Ambassador

  • Anwarul Chowdhury – Member, UN High-Level Advisory Group for the Global Study on UN Security Council Resolution 1325

Making the Case
Women improve the operational effectiveness of security forces. To leverage this powerful resource, militaries must acknowledge and understand women’s ability to end war.

  • Lt. Gen. Dan Leaf (USAF, Ret.) – Director, Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies

Bridging Divides
What happens when women leaders work with each other and a range of policymakers to address threats to peace and security? In Sudan and South Sudan, this collaboration changes lives.

  • Maria Abbas – StrategicAdviser, Taskforce on the Engagement of Women in Sudan and South Sudan

  • Paleki Matthew Obur Ayang – Executive Director, South Sudan Women’s Empowerment Network

  • Joseph Tucker – Associate, Deloitte Consulting

  • Jacqueline O’Neill (moderator) – Director, Inclusive Security 

Translating Rhetoric to Impact
Inclusive security is more than just words on paper. To create lasting impact, we need to change policy and practice.

  • Michelle Bachelet – President of Chile (via video)

Countering Violent Extremism
Countries around the world are mobilizing the address the rise of violent extremism. Their greatest resource is women—at the frontlines of preventing and addressing this global threat in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and beyond.

  • Wazhma Frogh – Founder and Director, Research Institute for Women, Peace, and Security, Afghanistan

  • Mossarat Qadeem – Executive Director, PAIMAN Alumni Trust, Pakistan

Resetting the Peace Table (video)
In today’s peace talks, half of the population is dramatically unrepresented. Here’s why that matters.

Facing Future Threats to Security
Cyber crime, violent extremism, pandemics, climate change. These are some of the many challenges likely to loom only larger in the next two decades. How can collaborative approaches help us address them?

  • Paige Alexander – Assistant Administrator, Bureau for the Middle East, USAID

  • Ruth Caesar – Founding Member, Mano River Women’s Peace Network

  • Oscar Fernandez-Taranco – UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support

  • Alaa Murabit – Founder, The Voice of Libyan Women

  • Kevin Baron (moderator) – Executive Editor, Defense One

Advancing Inclusion
Along with its global partners, the US government recognizes the essential roles of women in preventing, ending, and rebuilding after violent conflict.

  • Stephen Pomper – White House Senior Director, Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights

  • General John Allen (USMC, Ret.) – Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL (via video)  

Moving Forward
Real change requires shifting how we think about security. We want the world to look different in 20 years. The need is real, the time is now. 

  • Ambassador Swanee Hunt

  • Ambassador Catherine Russell

  • Kholoud Waleed – Cofounder, Enab Baladi, Syria

  • Esther Ibanga – Senior Pastor, Jos Ministries in Nigeria