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Women, Peace and Security: Rethinking Policy, Advocacy and Implementation




Building on civil society energies, wisdom, and experience… The NAP should be useful, it should be durable, it should make a difference you feel on your skin’

Statement by Secretary Teresita Quintos Deles of the Philippines during the High-Level Review on the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, 2015.

In 2000, the UN Security Council made an important commitment to upholding women’s rights in the context of international peace and security with the adoption of UNSCR 1325. UNSCR 1325 draws attention to the unparalleled importance of women’s participation in peace and security governance. It notes the need to increase the representation of women in peace and security institutions in order to inform and reshape conflict prevention efforts. The resolution also calls for the rights of women to be protected in conflict and during relief and recovery efforts in conflict-affected settings. With the subsequent adoption of eight further resolutions,  ‘Women and Peace and Security’ now represents a significant and well-established thematic agenda for the Council, and its relevance as an area of political practice extends well beyond the Council Chamber at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Funded by the Australian Research Council (DP160100212), this project examined the three dimensions of the Women, Peace and Security agenda:

1)      the formation of the agenda at the UN Security Council and its diffusion across the UN system;

2)      the implementation of the agenda at the national level, primarily through the development and adoption of National Action Plans (NAPs); and

3)      the advocacy of civil society organisations related to the WPS agenda both within countries and transnationally.

One of the outputs of the project has been the creation of a new interactive website which presents the analysis of the NAPs that have been collected and/or translated so far, in an interactive visual display. The NAPs are also available to download here, along with open-access reports on the project’s key findings.

WPS NAPs Final A5 Postcard


To visit the WPS National Action Plans website click here.

Feedback and questions about the research are welcome. Please direct queries by email to the project’s Chief Investigator, Professor Laura J. Shepherd ( 

The links to National Action Plans are provide for research purposes. Copyright in these documents remains with the original rights holder, except where otherwise noted.