Please find attached an open letter prepared by the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security calling on all Member States to prioritize gender equality and women’s rights and to support women civil society and women human rights defenders ahead of the annual Security Council open debate on women, peace and security on October 27th. We hope you and your colleagues will join us and also sign onto the letter which is available in English, French, Spanish, and Arabic. Please let us know by Thursday 12 October if your organization would like to sign the letter by filling out the form below. We will be making it public on Friday 13 October. http://bit.ly/WPSOpenLetter2017.