Obama Has Pity-ful Plan To “Enable Women” In Diplomacy
5:23 pm, December 19th | by Hillary Reinsberg
Today, President Obama announced an executive order focused around empowering women in matters of U.S. security and strategy. The White House said it was “the right thing to do.” Are you kidding?
Essentially, the order, known as the “National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security,” will make sure that women’s voices are heard on more diplomatic issues and will increase the support for women working to resolve conflict around the world. We’re of course behind the initiative, but it feels forced and full of false promise.
The White House’s statement read: “We know that enabling women to have a voice alongside those of men in matters of international peace and security is the right thing to do.”
“The right thing to do?” Can I get an amen in saying we’re not looking for charity here?
Of course, the idea behind the order is that women are crucial to global peacemaking and development. And that’s for obvious reasons — in broad terms, the empowerment of women will build economies and begin to stop oppression around the world. But leave it at that. Women are key to foreign diplomacy efforts, but not because it’s “the right thing to do.”