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Women of Color Group Formed


A new organization that “advances the leadership and professional development of women of color in the fields of international peace, security and conflict transformation” has been formed, and scheduled its inaugural event on December 7 in Washington, D.C., to explain its purpose and plans.
Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security (WCAPS) intends to create “a platform devoted to women of color that cultivates a strong voice and network for its members while encouraging dialogue and strategies for engaging in policy discussions on an international scale”.
One of its founders, Bonnie Jenkins, above, is the Coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation in the U.S. State Department. Before joining the government in 2009 she had been a program officer at Ford for U.S. foreign and security policy.
In its mission statement, WCAPS said its goal is to “provide mentors to young women and a valuable vehicle for networking. It will promote exchanges among professional women of color who are already working in the fields of peace, security, and conflict transformation, as well as those women of color who are considering entering these areas….
“The network will partner with other relevant groups, organizations, and institutions to build synergy. WCAPS will promote sensitivity to cultural differences and emphasize the intersections between theory, research, practice, and policy.” 



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