Women, Peace & Security

Australia actively supports the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda to ensure women and girls’ human rights are protected and that women are empowered to participate in formal peace and security processes

‘Women’s and girls’ empowerment and gender equality are critical to efforts to maintain international peace and security … persisting barriers to full implementation of resolution 1325 (2000) will only be dismantled through dedicated commitment to women’s empowerment, participation, and human rights, and through concerted leadership, consistent information and action, and support, to build women’s engagement in all levels of decision-making.’

United Nations Security Council Resolution 2122 (2013)

United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325), adopted in 2000, recognises that the experiences and needs of women and girls differ from those of men and boys in conflict and post-conflict situations, particularly in relation to human rights violations such as sexual and gender-based violence. UNSCR 1325 affirms the role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts and peacebuilding, and stresses their equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the promotion of peace and security. It also affirms the need to integrate a gender perspective across UN operations.

Australia actively supports the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda to ensure women and girls’ human rights are protected and that women are empowered to participate in formal peace and security processes. In 2011, Australia appointed an Ambassador for Women and Girls, and in 2012 the Australian National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security was endorsed by the Australian Government.

The ACMC’s WPS program forms an important part of Defence’s overall support to implementing the National Action Plan. The program focuses on enhancing Australia’s civil-military-police capacity to incorporate WPS considerations into international conflict and disaster management activities.

In 2012, the ACMC—in partnership with the Office for Women—produced a short DVD documentary: Side by Side: Women, Peace and Security. This provides an educational tool for pre-deployment training of civilian, military, police and humanitarian personnel to international missions.

The WPS program—in partnership with Australian government agencies and non-government organisations—integrates a gender perspective into conferences, training programs and exercises, and informs national and international fora on the progress of the National Action Plan.

To support Australia’s broader WPS efforts, the ACMC has produced:

The WPS program contributes to the ACMC’s Guidelines for the Protection of Civilians, including women and girls, in partnership with the Department of Defence and the Australian Federal Police.