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Women, Peace and Security

When: Saturday, October 22, 2011, 6:30 am to 9:30 am
Where: UMass Boston Campus Center • 3rd Floor, room 3540 • JFK-UMass T Stop • Dorchester
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
In Partnership with the Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights- UMASS- Boston
Are you concerned about the impact of war and militarization on women here at home? How about gun violence in our communities…domestic violence…women and economic disparity…environmental justice…elder and immigrant concerns…
Here is your opportunity to have input into the

U.S. National Action Plan (NAP) on Women, Peace and Security.

Women’s voices will be heard. Last year, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a historic commitment to advance the status of women by developing a plan to implement UN Resolution 1325 in U.S. policy and practice, a plan scheduled to be completed by November 2011. WILPF has the powerful opportunity to organize five grass-roots meetings in the U.S. for collective input on what “security” really means to women, with a representative of the State Department’s Office of Global Affairs in attendance.
We invite you to participate in the Boston Consultation on the Women, Peace, and Security NAP.
Join us in this unique opportunity to highlight the unheard voices and perspectives of women.
We will contribute to the implementation plan of UN SCR 1325, which calls for the equal and full par- ticipation of women in society and peacemaking, and raise awareness in Massachusetts. This final consultation in the U.S. offers a wonderful opportunity to network with other like-minded people, to deepen our commit- ments, and to contribute to a more secure nation.
What to expect: The State Department representative will brief us on the progress of the NAP, and a US WILPF representative will discuss WILPF’s perspective on women, peace, and security. Participants will then conduct discussions in break-out sessions on the topics at the top of this letter, as well as others, and then re- port back to the group as a whole. There will also be an open mic for additional comments and questions.
We also invite you and members of your organization to take part in our survey on Women, Peace and
Participants must RSVP.  For more information or to RSVP, please contact:
Boston: Marie-Louise Jackson Miller email:    phone: 857-526-2579
Cape Cod: Nancy Munger                  email:   phone: 508-255-6869
UMASS Boston: Sandy McEvoy         email:      phone: 617-287-6412
Childcare and transportation subsidies are available on request. Bus from Cape Cod. RSVP appreciated.
We look forward to your participation and support!
HOW YOU CAN BE INVOLVED: Participants will be those who care about these issues and who represent the diversity of our region, as well as allies, experts, or academics who would offer valuable insight into the conversation. We invite your organization to send one or  two women to participate in the consultations. Individuals (women and men) not representing an organization are also encouraged to attend: laypersons, activists, advocates -- anyone affected by war and militarization.


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