As part of this national action plan, the U.S. will be assisting other nations in their own efforts, announcing new commitments to that end totalling $31 million. This includes more than $40 million for initiatives to protect women from violence and promote their participation in peace processes and decision-making, as well as more than $8 million to implement Secretary of State Kerry’s accountability initiative to fight impunity for sexual violence in the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Liberia.
Another $1 million will be allocated to a justice initiative based in South Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It seeks to educate 50,000 women on their human rights and how to use basic judicial procedures.
Financing: The US allocated 31 million dollars to “new initiatives” in 2016
Financing: The US allocated 31 million dollars to “new initiatives” None All Commitments were addressed in 2016
The US signed the Women, Peace and Security Act of 2017 into law.
The US has helped spearhead the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative, which already has $340 million in donor commitments.
The US will support women entrepreneurs in developing countries by increasing their access to finance, markets, technology and networks — everything they need to start and grow a business.
The United States Government collaborated with Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute to monitor the implementation of the Colombian peace accord, including its inclusivity and gender provisions. The parties to the accord used Kroc’s data to guide strategic decision-making at the national and territorial levels. In Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. has supported civil-society monitoring and advocacy initiatives related to national action plans. They are also working with the African Union to strengthen its capacity to review, monitor and implement national action plans on the continent. Finally, they provided support to develop national action plans in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Turning to women’s economic empowerment, the United States is working to build communities that are more resilient to conflict. They have invested $50 million in the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative, an innovative multi-donor facility that is aimed at expanding access to finance and technical assistance for women entrepreneurs. The United States has also identified Yemeni women experienced in conflict resolution, security and policing, and is encouraging the United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen and UN-Women to expand female involvement in the peace process and conflict resolution efforts there.