Lois Frankel, Michael Waltz Team Up to Honor 20th Anniversary of UN Women, Peace, Security Agenda

At the end of last week, the two members of the Florida delegation who lead the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Caucus, introduced a resolution to honor the 20th anniversary of the “landmark UN Security Council Resolution 1325, which established the women, peace, and security agenda by recognizing the relationship between gender equality and long-term peace and security.”

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Fla., introduced the resolution last week with the help of WPS Caucus co-chair U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla.

“The resolution reaffirms the United States’ commitment to global leadership in increasing women’s meaningful participation in processes to prevent, manage, resolve, and recover from conflict, in accordance with the Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2017,” Frankel’s office noted.

Frankel weighed in on the resolution on Friday.

“Women and girls play an important role in the security and peacefulness of their countries,” said Frankel.  “Where there is gender equality, there is a greater likelihood that conflicts are prevented and ended.”

“Twenty years have passed since the United Nations recognized the importance of women’s inclusion worldwide – but the message is still as relevant as ever. The United States understands the importance of this message and will maintain its role as a successful leader of the women, peace and security agenda. Empowering women and ensuring their inclusion in peacemaking and security efforts is a bipartisan issue of global importance that will provide long-term stability and security worldwide,” said Waltz.

The resolution has more than 20 co-sponsors including U.S. Reps. Val Demings, D-Fla., and Ted Deutch, D-Fla.

The resolution was sent to the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee at the end of last week.

 

Reach Kevin Derby at kevin.derby@floridadaily.com.

 

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