Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf issued a statement regarding the DHS Implementation Plan for the U.S. Strategy on Women, Peace, and Security to address problems faced by women and girls in conflict and disaster-affected areas around the world.
The United States Strategy on Women, Peace, and Security (WPS Strategy), responding to the Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2017, seeks to increase women’s meaningful leadership in political and civic life.
Around the world, conflict and disasters adversely and disproportionately affect women and girls, yet women remain under-represented in efforts to prevent and resolve conflict, and in post-conflict peace-building or recovery efforts. Research has shown that peace negotiations are more likely to succeed, and result in lasting stability, when women participate.
This March, the Department of Homeland Security celebrated its fourteenth anniversary, as well as Women’s History Month.
The Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Coast Guard announced Tuesday that the maternity leave policy for members of the U.S. Coast Guard has been increased from six weeks to up to 12 weeks for mothers, following the birth of their child. This is consistent with the policy announced by the Secretary of Defense last week for the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps.
I congratulate all of the individuals recognized as D.C.’s Top 50 Women in Technology for 2015 by FedScoop, including three distinguished leaders here at the Department of Homeland Security: National Protection and Programs Directorate Under Secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications Dr. Phyllis Schneck, Deputy Chief Information Officer Margie Graves and Executive Director of the Information Sharing Environment Office Donna Roy.
A clear, consistent means of reporting alleged violations by DHS employees of Violence Against Women Act's (VAWA) confidentiality provisions serves the interests of both DHS and the public. DHS has therefore established procedures for reporting alleged violations.