Women, Peace, and Security Conference

“The goal is as simple as it is profound: to empower half the world’s population as equal partners in preventing conflict and building peace in countries threatened and affected by war, violence and insecurity. Achieving this goal is critical to our national and global security.”

--The U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security

Sgt. 1st Class Tera Vandenheuvel-Joseph, assigned to U.S. Pacific Command in Honolulu, Hawaii, listens to remarks from Adm. Michelle Howard, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, during the 2015 Women, Peace and Security conference at U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.
Sgt. 1st Class Tera Vandenheuvel-Joseph, assigned to U.S. Pacific Command in Honolulu, Hawaii, listens to remarks from Adm. Michelle Howard, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, during the 2015 Women, Peace and Security conference at U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. 150416-N-PX557-128 NEWPORT, R.I. (April 16, 2015)

About Women, Peace, & Security Conferences

The 2011 U.S. National Action Plan (NAP) on Women, Peace, and Security embodied and set forth the United States’ commitment to ensuring that women around the world play an equal role in promoting peace and achieving just and enduring security. Implementation of the NAP involved the application of five high-level objectives and 84 sub-objectives of which 17 are directly linked to Department of Defense (DoD) responsibilities.

In 2012, U.S. Naval War College hosted the first Women, Peace, and Security Conference. This conference brought together, for the first time in a U.S. war college setting, panelists who represented an extensive set of viewpoints and experiences from the military, non-profit, bureaucratic, academic, national, and international realms.

The conferences continue to grow in perspective and scope to include ideas from each military service and every global continent and is the only U.S. military academic program specifically related to the topic.

Speakers and panelists represent an extensive set of viewpoints from the armed services, as well as non-profit, government and academic organizations essential to attaining the goal of "empowering half the world’s population in conflict prevention and peace-building."

Upcoming Event

The purpose of the conferences continues to be to hold discussions and exchange ideas, philosophies, and practical experience about a variety of subjects related to the 2011 NAP on Women, Peace, and Security.

Most Recent Events

Photo of panelists discussing education at U.S. Naval War College's 6th annual Women, Peace and Security Conference.

Naval War College, Brown University co-host Women, Peace, Security conference

May. 31, 2018
Brown University, 54 College Street, Providence, RI 02912

U.S. Naval War College hosted its 6th annual Women, Peace and Security Conference in partnership with Brown University's A. Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy, May 31 to June 1, at Brown's Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs in Providence, Rhode Island.

Leymah Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Peace laureate and Liberian peace activist, social worker and women’s right activist, speaks during an evening lecture held at U.S. Naval War College (NWC) as part of the 2017 Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Conference at NWC in Newport, Rhode Island.

Nobel laureate speaks at Naval War College Women, Peace and Security Conference

Aug. 11, 2017
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

2011 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Leymah Gbowee, who led a women’s peace movement that helped bring an end to the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003, was the featured speaker at U.S. Naval War College’s Woman, Peace and Security Conference in Newport, Rhode Island last week.

Rear Adm. Margaret Grun Kibben, chief of chaplains of the Navy, participates in the 2016 Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Conference at NWC in Newport, Rhode Island.

Women, Peace, and Security Conference Series: 4th Conference

May. 18, 2016
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

The seven panels convened over a two-day period to discuss Women Peace and Security and its ties to several arenas with special emphasis upon food security and religion.