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UNA-NCA: Gender Parity in International Careers
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Women make up 50% of the world population, but hold only 20% of political leadership positions. The percentage of women leaders in the world has been slowly increasing, but we have a long way to go until we reach a gender parity. In order to move forward, it is important for both women and men to have a stake in the conversation. What does involving the female voice in international policy mean? How does female leadership in international discussions influence decisions that are made?

4/20/2013
When: 4/20/2013
5:00 PM
Where: Announced upon registration
Capitol Hill, Washington, District of Columbia 
United States

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This dinner is an opportunity to hear from both male and female leaders who are invested in these issues.

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Lyric Thompson, Special Assistant to the President/Policy Advocate, International Center for Research on Women

Lyric Thompson is a policy advocate and special assistant to the president at the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW). In this capacity she provides technical and substantive guidance to the President on various topics relating to gender and development; conducts advocacy on a range of issues, including as co-chair of the Girls Not Brides USA coalition; and has conducted fieldwork on gender-responsive urban development in slum communities of Mumbai, India.

Thompson brings expertise in policy advocacy and communications on such issues as women, peace and security; violence against women; and women’s economic empowerment, and has advocated for gender-equitable policies at the United Nations, White House, State Department and on Capitol Hill. She is a women’s issues expert and blogger for TrustLaw Women, a project of the Thomson-Reuters Foundation and a primary expert and strategist for Amnesty International USA’s women’s human rights program. In 2012 she served as a leadership and empowerment expert on the selection committee for the Women Deliver Top 50 Innovations and Ideas that Deliver for Women. In 2011, Diplomatic Courier Magazine named her among the Top 99 Under 33 Young Professionals Impacting Foreign Policy.

Prior to joining ICRW, Thompson served as Senior Policy Analyst and External Relations Officer at Women for Women International, where she advised officials at the White House, State Department and Department of Defense officials in the crafting of the United States’ first-ever National Action Plan on Women, Piece and Security. Prior to this, she worked on USAID-funded conflict mitigation and democratic governance projects in Sudan and Serbia for Development Alternatives, Inc. (DAI), where she conducted fieldwork on post-conflict reconstruction efforts in Sudan.


Rob Berschinski, Director for Security and Human Rights Policy, National Security Staff, The White House

Rob Berschinski served from October 2010 to March 2013 as the Director for Security and Human Rights Policy on the National Security Staff at the White House (NSS).

During this time, Rob coordinated U.S. government policy on international human rights and humanitarian matters pertaining to conventional arms control treaties, counterterrorism, security sector assistance, women’s empowerment in conflict prevention and resolution, child soldiers, private security contractors, and trafficking in persons. In this capacity, Rob served as lead White House coordinator of Executive Order 13595 instituting the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security, as well as Executive Order 13627 on strengthening protections against trafficking in persons in federal contracts.

Immediately prior to joining the NSS, Rob served as a director for civilian protection and rule of law issues in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (OSD(P)). He has held a number of positions in OSD(P) as a Presidential Management Fellow, and has served as the defense fellow on the staff of the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee. Rob began his career in government service as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force, and from 2002 to 2006 served operational assignments in Korea, Germany, Rwanda, and Iraq. He later joined the U.S. Army War College as a visiting researcher, publishing a monograph on the Department of Defense's Combatant Command for Africa entitled "AFRICOM's Dilemma." In 2012, Rob was named one of Diplomatic Courier’s 99 foreign policy leaders under 33, and in 2013 was featured as a Washington Post "federal face of the week.” Rob is a fellow at the Truman National Security Project, and holds a B.A. and M.A. from Yale University. He and his wife, Sabrina Howell, live in Washington, D.C.Rob Berschinski served from October 2010 to March 2013 as the Director for Security and Human Rights Policy on the National Security Staff at the White House (NSS).

During this time, Rob coordinated U.S. government policy on international human rights and humanitarian matters pertaining to conventional arms control treaties, counterterrorism, security sector assistance, women’s empowerment in conflict prevention and resolution, child soldiers, private security contractors, and trafficking in persons. In this capacity, Rob served as lead White House coordinator of Executive Order 13595 instituting the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security, as well as Executive Order 13627 on strengthening protections against trafficking in persons in federal contracts.

Immediately prior to joining the NSS, Rob served as a director for civilian protection and rule of law issues in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (OSD(P)). He has held a number of positions in OSD(P) as a Presidential Management Fellow, and has served as the defense fellow on the staff of the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee. Rob began his career in government service as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force, and from 2002 to 2006 served operational assignments in Korea, Germany, Rwanda, and Iraq. He later joined the U.S. Army War College as a visiting researcher, publishing a monograph on the Department of Defense's Combatant Command for Africa entitled "AFRICOM's Dilemma." In 2012, Rob was named one of Diplomatic Courier’s 99 foreign policy leaders under 33, and in 2013 was featured as a Washington Post "federal face of the week.” Rob is a fellow at the Truman National Security Project, and holds a B.A. and M.A. from Yale University. He and his wife, Sabrina Howell, live in Washington, D.C.

Karen Mulhauser, President of United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) and Chair, Council of Chapters and Regions, United Nations Association of the USA

Karen Mulhauser, President of Mulhauser and Associates, has been providing consulting services to nonprofit organizations, grantmakers and candidates since 1988. In addition to effective consulting services, she brings many years of leadership experience as CEO and board member of nonprofit groups, with particular expertise in management assistance, strategic and program planning and evaluation, public affairs, meeting planning and facilitation, fundraising and coalition building.

She is a current member of the US National Action Plan (NAP) Civil Society Working Group on Women Peace and Security, which educates and advocates for U.S. policies that advance women in peacekeeping and protects women and girls from sexual and other abuses of war. It works with US government agencies to help with implementation of the US National Action Plan for UN Security Council Resolution 1325.

Throughout the 2008 election primary season, Karen was a Senior Advisor to Obama for America and coordinated Women for Obama in the DC area. Throughout the general election, she continuds to coordinate Women for Obama in the region.

Recognizing that Congress will not take constituencies concerned about international development seriously until they are political, she started America’s Impact, a political committee that supports candidates for Congress who support principled foreign policies. From summer 2001 to June 2004, she was the Chief of Party for the Management Systems International contract with US Agency for International Development to support the Global Development Alliance Secretariat.

Before consulting, Karen was the Director of the Center for Education on Nuclear War and an affiliated coalition, Citizens Against Nuclear War (CAN). CAN was a 501 (C) (4) coalition of over 60 national membership groups whose primary concerns were issues other than peace or arms control (education, environment, labor, women, etc.). She started both groups in 1982 to institutionalize a commitment to arms control. During this time, she also started and chaired Women for a Meaningful Summit to create forums for women to be heard on international security and foreign policy issues. She coordinated WMS's program to bring delegations of women to Geneva in 1985, Iceland in 1986, the US in 1987 and Moscow in 1988 with the goal of involving more women in the global security debate.

Ms. Mulhauser has represented various organizations at international conferences in Romania in 1974 (World Population Conference), Mexico City in 1975 (International Women's Tribune) Geneva in 1985, Iceland in 1986, Greece and Australia in 1987, Ixtapa Mexico at the Six Nation Peace Initiative Meeting in 1987, and Moscow at the International Women, Peace and Environment Conference in 1989 and at the Women Entrepreneurs' Conference in 1992. She has been listed in Who'sWho in Emerging Leaders, Who'sWho in the East, Who'sWho of American Women, Who's Who in International Women. She also currently chairs the Advisory Council of Women's Information Network.

 

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