A Feminist Approach to Foreign Policy 

CWI’s Vice-President for Global Issues, Megan Corrado, Esq. arranged this CWI meeting to examine ways in which gender informs foreign policy and international development. It is timely in light of the upcoming momentous occasions relating to women and international relations—from the 20th anniversary of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325; the release of the U.S. National Strategy on Women, Peace, and Security; implementation of the Women, Peace, and Security Act; and opportunities for women’s participation in peace processes, such as in Afghanistan. Despite progress in women’s involvement in the peace and security sector and rise of feminist foreign policies around the world, funding, programming, and opportunity for growth still hinder women’s involvement and empowerment. The presenters at this meeting will discuss the implications of, and opportunities for, feminist foreign policies, as well as existing challenges to, and strategies of, international women’s organizations and programs that aim to create a more just, stable, inclusive world with gender equality.

Ursala Knudsen-Latta is the Policy and Advocacy Coordinator with Saferworld and Chairs the Executive Committee of the U.S. Working Group on Women, Peace, and Security. She previously served as Saferworld’s Research and Policy Officer. Before that she worked at Alliance for Peacebuilding and Women in International Security. Ursala’s current work focuses on issues of violent extremism, gender and conflict, and Sustainable Development Goal 16, which aims to promote peaceful, inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all, and build effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions. She studied Religions and Theology at the University of Manchester, focusing on religion and conflict in South Asia. She worked with the Anchorage Interfaith Council and the North American Interfaith Network before graduating with a Masters in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University.

Kayla McGill is a Gender and Global Security Program Assistant at Women in International Security where she is an analytical researcher focusing on gender and national security, culture and narrative studies, Eastern European tribalism, and U.S.-China relations. She has presented her research to the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Institute of Peace, and more. She previously worked on publications for the WomanStats Project and represented the Project at events such as Beijing+20/CSW59 and the United Nations. She speaks French, has lived in China, Germany, the United Kingdom, and France, and has traveled abroad extensively. Kayla graduated with her Masters of International Affairs from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M, where she focused on women, peace, security, diplomacy, and intelligence. She received her B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Civic Engagement from Brigham Young University.

Arielle Hernandez Lavadenz is the Development Manager for the U.S. National Committee for UN Women, where she spearheads fundraising efforts in support of UN Women and its projects that promote social, political, and economic equality for women and girls spanning 100 countries around the globe. She previously served as the Communications Coordinator for the Campaign to Elect a Woman UN Secretary-General. Her extensive experience in grassroots organizations, communication strategies, advocacy, and fundraising brings a unique perspective on the ways in which feminist and non-feminist foreign policies can affect programming and women’s rights around the world. Arielle earned her Masters in International Relations from the City University of New York City College and her B.A. in Literature and Publishing, as well as Visual and Media Arts and Writing from Emerson College.

CWI meetings are free and open to the public. We will bring some light lunch refreshments. 

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Next CWI meeting, Noon Tuesday June 18, 2019, CWI Annual Meeting focusing on Collaboration Among Feminist Organizations

Check www.womensclearinghouse.org for meeting cancellations. The 11 Dupont Circle entrance is on New Hampshire Ave., across from the Dupont Plaza Hotel. Metro stop: Dupont; south exit.

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