Juliet Beyler, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa (NAVEUR-NAVAF)’s Executive Director, visited Antananarivo, Madagascar for a Women, Peace and Security (WPS) event organized and hosted by NAVAF and the U.S. Embassy, as well as engagements with U.S. and Malagasy officials, Feb. 12-13, 2024.
During the WPS engagement, Beyler and representatives from Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, and Uganda discussed operationalizing Regional and National Action Plans on Women, Peace, and Security within their individual navies and coast guards. The discussion also included evaluation and assessment of WPS programs to mitigate operational blind spots during maritime security operations by using a gender perspective.
“I thank the government of Madagascar and our U.S. Embassy here in Antananarivo for hosting such a professional and impactful Women, Peace and Security engagement,” said Beyler. “The WPS program is such an important initiative because, by building partnerships and advancing women’s meaningful participation across our defense and security sectors, we enhance our individual and collective capacities. We’re thrilled to be a part of this program alongside our African partners.”
This is the first U.S. Navy WPS engagement on the continent in 2024, and sets the stage for the rest of the year. NAVAF and partners are coordinating three additional WPS engagements focused on Maritime Security to be hosted in West and North Africa, as well as the first African Maritime Gender Network to be hosted in Sierra Leone. The substantial efforts of African partners and the NAVAF WPS program continue to enhance awareness of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and the Women, Peace, and Security program worldwide.
“Our partners continue to step up and lead the way in learning about and implementing tenets of WPS into their governments and militaries,” said Carrie Compton, NAVEUR-NAVAF’s Gender Advisor and WPS lead. “The engagement here in Antananarivo continues the great work we accomplished in 2023 and we look forward to continuing to raise the bar on this initiative, bringing in more partners and more voices.”
Read Juliet Beyler’s biography here.