On October 1, the day the federal government shut down, I was on Capitol Hill with my Ohio colleagues, Jo'el Thomas-Jones (Dayton) and Rep. Nickie Antonio (Cleveland) along with 100 women legislators and activists from 35 states at the WILL/WAND 2013 Conference. We were there to talk with Senator Sherrod Brown about the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) agenda to promote women in peace building and conflict prevention, to protect women and girls from gender-based violence in conflict and ensure women and girls have equitable access to humanitarian aid during crises and disasters.  This is especially relevant for Afghan women as we withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan. I was pleased to hear that Senator Brown has agreed to co-sponsor and support the Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2013 (H.R. 2874).  Unfortunately, 90% of the war casualties are civilians and women and children make up sixty percent of these numbers. Women must have a seat at the table in matters of peace and security! 

State Sen. Charleta B. Tavares, Columbus 

This editorial was originally published here

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