Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security and Conflict Transformation (WCAPS) is a Gender Champion in Nuclear Policy

With an unwavering dedication to promoting the voices of women of color in the areas of peace, security and conflict transformation through collaborations, liaisons, and engagement with institutions of foreign policy decision making, Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security and Conflict Transformation (WCAPS) is particularly thrilled to be one of the Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy.

Members and Goals of the Initiative

Attended by Founder and President of WCAPS, Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins, the Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy (GCNP) launched by Ploughshares Fund on November 14, 2018, consists of over 30 presidents, directors, and heads of organizations working in nuclear policy committed to promoting women in the field of nuclear policy. GCNP notes that “Not only is gender equality necessary from the perspective of democracy and justice, it is essential to achieve and maintain peace and security. Research has repeatedly shown that diverse teams generate the best outcomes, and that women’s presence and contributions to peace and security discussions add value and sustainability to policies and impact.” GCNP is designed to increase the voices of women in the nuclear policy field by adding commitments at the leadership level of the nuclear policy sector.

Gender Champions are committed to the following principles:

  • Treating every person with respect and fairness;

  • Actively including, investing in, and valuing diverse and emergent perspectives;

  • Creating and maintaining safe, inclusive workplaces free from harassment and discrimination;

  • Promoting women leaders inside and outside our organizations;

  • Working together with other Champions in a spirit of openness, honesty and transparency.

Besides the principles and values of the Gender Champions and the Panel Parity Pledge adopted by the member organizations, WCAPS is specifically dedicated to the following:

  • Collaborating with professional networks and organizations dedicated to the issue of increasing women’s participation to host a specific number of events per year;

  • Providing media training to the organization’s experts, ensuring attendance/recipients include 50% women; 

  • Creating a formal mentorship program for mid-career staff in the organization, ensuring that women constitute at least 50% of the mentees and mentors. 

Also, seeking a foreign policy that is as equitable as it is diverse and inclusive of women and people of color, WCAPS will continue to promote the goals of the Gender Champions initiative beyond the above-listed actions.  These actions include but are not limited to the establishment of a WCAPS Working Group on chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) policy and highlighting on the WCAPS website women of color who work on nuclear issues who can serve on panels, be engaged in research, and be selected for leadership positions at nuclear policy-related institutions.