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Women, Peace and Security

Gender equality, and placing diverse women’s voices, experiences and expertise at the centre of our security and peace work supports long term commitment to conflict prevention and sustainable peace.

Implementing UNSCR 1325

The landmark United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, adopted in 2000, acknowledged that men and women experience conflict differently.

It addressed the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflict, humanitarian response and peace building and urged all actors to increase the participation of women and incorporate gender perspectives in all peace and security efforts.

Since 2000, seven additional UN Security Council Resolutions have been adopted providing an international framework that underpins the Women, Peace and Security Agenda. The Women, Peace and Security Agenda encourages action against four pillars:

  1. Participation of women at all levels of decision-making, in peace operations and peace processes;
  2. Protection of women, including from sexual and gender based violence;
  3. Prevention of violence against women through the promotion of rights, accountability and law enforcement; and
  4. Relief and Recovery are designed to meet the specific needs of women and girls’ and women’s capacities to act as agents in relief and recovery are reinforced.

On International Women’s Day in 2012, Australia adopted a six-year National Action Plan on Women Peace and Security. The National Action Plan (or NAP) demonstrates Australia’s commitment to implementing women, peace and security.

It provides a clear whole-of-government framework and a joined-up approach to strategies and actions. The NAP is founded on robust engagement between government and a diverse array of civil society groups.

The Australian Civil-Military Centre plays a unique role in support of women, peace and security and Australia’s National Action Plan. We are not a policy lead for implementation. Rather we work closely with our key stakeholders to enable their work on Women, Peace and Security. We commission research to deepen Australia’s understanding of key issues and to promote good practice. We foster cross-agency collaboration and partnerships and deliver on implementation actions that stretch across agency boundaries. We support capacity building and dialogue, with Australian government agencies and civil society and across Asia and the Pacific.