Sahana Dharmapuri

Sahana Dharmapuri


Sahana Dharmapuri is the Director of Our Secure Future, a program of One Earth Future Foundation. From 2006-2016 she was an independent gender advisor on gender, peace, and security issues to USAID, NATO, The Swedish Armed Forces, the United States Institute for Peace, International Peace Institute, and other international development organizations. Ms. Dharmapuri was a writer-residence at the Carey Institute for Global Good (Winter 2016) where she completed her first book, Women, Peace & Security: 10 Things You Should Know. She was appointed a Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (2011-2013) and she was an Investing in Women in Development Fellow at the United States Agency for International Development (2003-2005). She has published widely on Women, Peace and Security issues including with CNN, Christian Science Monitor, The Fletcher Security Review, Hedaya and The Center for Global Counter-Terrorism, Women’s E-News, Human Rights Quarterly, The Global Responsibility to Protect Journal, The Global Observatory, The Alliance for Peacebuilding Online Journal, the Louisiana Literature Review, The US Naval War College’s Women, Peace and Security monograph series, and Parameters: The Senior Professional Journal of the US Army. She received her Bachelor’s and two Master’s degrees from the University of Chicago. She is a very happy breast-cancer survivor.


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The “New Normal” Means a New Definition of Security

June 09, 2020
Finding some sense of normalcy doesn’t mean going back to traditional views of national security. It is time to formalize a new vision of how we view security.
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Letter from the Director

March 09, 2020
March 10, 2020--Yesterday we announced the establishment of the Women, Peace and Security Caucus in the US House of Representatives. 
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Policy Frameworks Supporting the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in the U.S. Context

July 08, 2019
What are the national and international policy frameworks that shaped the U.S. Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2017 and the mandated WPS Strategy that followed? Our Secure Future partnered with some congressional offices to request the Congressional Research Service to illuminate these structures... more
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Letter from the Director: Make 2019 the best year yet for Women, Peace and Security

January 21, 2019
“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.”- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Security Roundtable: Interview with Major General Patrick Cammaert, Former United Nations Force Commander for the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

May 05, 2018
A former UN general shares their thoughts on peacekeeping in the Democratic Republic of Congo and why women need to be engaged in peacekeeping efforts.
The four pillars of Women, Peace and Security are participation, conflict prevention, protection, and gender mainstreaming

Back to Basics: A Cheat Sheet to the Four Pillars

April 03, 2018
Apply your knowledge of Women, Peace and Security with our helpful cheat sheet for guidance!
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Back to Basics: The Women, Peace and Security Mandate Has Four Pillars (Part II)

March 30, 2018
Continuing our series, Our Secure Future provides insight into implementing the four pillars of Women, Peace and Security.

Back to Basics: The Women, Peace and Security Mandate Has Four Pillars (Part I)

March 23, 2018
Introducing the four pillars of Women, Peace and Security: what are they and what are their goals?