Chairman Lynch To Hold Hearing On United States Strategy On Women, Peace And Security

Jul 22, 2020 Issues: Committee on Oversight and Reform, National Security

Washington D.C. — On Thursday, July 23, 2020, at 10:00 a.m., U.S. Representative Stephen F. Lynch, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, will hold a hybrid hearing to examine the United States Strategy on Women, Peace, and Security (WPS Strategy), and the implementation plans released last month by the Department of State (State)U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)Department of Defense (DOD), and Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The Trump Administration has pursued policies that conflict with the goals and objectives of the WPS Strategy, raising significant questions about the Trump Administration’s commitment to promoting equal opportunity for women and girls and helping them serve in political, security and civic leadership positions around the world.  For example, the Trump Administration has put women and girls at risk by restricting access to sexual and reproductive health care and sidelined women during conflict resolution and peace negotiations—notably during U.S.-Taliban peace talks.

The hearing will also address how the United States can promote and encourage a greater number of women to serve in senior national security leadership positions within our own government to ensure the U.S. principles on women, peace, and security are applied in the implementation of U.S. foreign and defense policy. 

A livestream will be available on YouTube and the Committee on Oversight and Reform website.

WHAT:  Subcommittee on National Security Hearing on “Empowering Women and Girls and Promoting International Security”

WHEN: Thursday, July 23, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. ET

WITNESSES:

The Honorable Kelley Currie, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues - Department of State

The Honorable Michelle Bekkering, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment - U.S. Agency for International Development

Stephanie Hammond, Acting Deputy Assistant of Defense for Stability and Humanitarian Affairs - Department of Defense

Cameron Quinn, Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties - Department of Homeland Security