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Texas A&M Bush School Hosts Symposium on Women and Nation’s Security

October 18, 2018

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United Nations Women and Council on Foreign Relations members will gather at Texas A&M’s Bush School of Government and Public Service to discuss how women’s security is tied to world peace and why it is vital to United States foreign policy. Speakers will discuss Texas’ response to sex trafficking, domestic violence, and sexual assault.

The Bush School is hosting these speakers for the 4th Annual Texas Women, Peace, and Security Symposium on Monday, November 5, 2018. The all-day conference to be held at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 6:00 p.m. To register for this event, visit http://bush.tamu.edu/wps-2018.

The symposium is designed to bring together academics, practitioners, and policymakers who are interested in advancing the goals of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, which advocates for the increased participation of women in matters of national security, including conflict resolution, peace-building, countering violent extremism, transitional justice, and post-conflict reconstruction. Women’s perspectives and voices on issues of national security have been sorely lacking, and this symposium contributes to the rectification of that deficiency.

Headed by Dr. Valerie M. Hudson, who founded the Program on Women, Peace, and Security at the Bush School, the conference addresses women’s security issues and how they are linked to the insecurity of nations. The event will have panel discussions on how women, peace, and security initiatives are reflected in security policy, how the status of women advances United States foreign policy, the Texas perspective on women, peace, and security, and new research on the subject.

The Bush School’s own Dean Mark Welsh III; Lt. Col. Bradley Orchard from U.N. Women; Sarah Chayes, author of Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security; Rachel Vogelstein, Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations; and Andrea Sparks, Lead Prosecutor for Sex Trafficking at the Office of the Texas Governor will all give remarks at the conference.

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