WILPF – ACT Branch June FOCUS meeting:
Saturday, 1 June
Friends House, cnr Condamine and Bent Streets, Turner
10.15am for a chat and a cuppa
10.30 start to 12.30pm finish
Australia’s National Action Plan
on Women, Peace and Security 2012-2015
The June FOCUS meeting will support the WILPF priority: ‘Investing in Peace’. The meeting will address Australia’s National Action Plan for Women, Peace and Security 2012-2018 (the NAP) which is gaining momentum within the broad Australian government and non-government sectors. Members are requested to bring a copy of the NAP to the meeting. There will be additional copies for new members who may not yet have a copy.
Please let Jan Goldsworthy know if you would like to receive a copy of the March/April Branch newsletter which highlights the national interest in the NAP … and WILPF’s engagement at the inaugural Civil Society Dialogue at the ANU on 16 April 2013. This will be emailed to you separately. You can contact Jan on firstname.lastname@example.org or 6241 4212 re any queries.
For further information , analysis and discussion including current problems with implementing National Action Plans including Australia’s see
At the recent International Studies Association’s Annual Conference in April 2013, a group of scholars and activists held a roundtable to discuss the possibility of creating a transnational people’s plan for the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Resolutions. Currently, there is much cynicism about the ways in which UNSCR 1325 is being implemented, which is in sharp contrast to the hope and enthusiasm that marked the adaption of the resolution.
Invoking the spirit of civil society critical engagement which pushed forward UNSCR 1325 in the first place, we reflected upon the need to organise a transnational people’s plan to make recommendations for the implementation of the WPS resolutions. In this blog we summarise the discussion and invite responses from WPS advocates.
What are the current problems with the implementation of the WPS resolutions?
A popular way to implement the WPS resolutions has been the writing of National Action Plans (NAPs) – indeed, UNSCR 1889 encourages states to develop NAPs. But, as one panellist, Betty Reardon, pointed out, NAPs are ‘like foxes constructing a chicken coop’.
The key implementers of the WPS resolutions have been state institutions who have retained a militarized vision of gender security. NAPs address policies about the integration of women into the state security sector; or about post-conflict development and reconstruction; or turning to a narrow protection agenda which stresses prevention of violence against women in armed conflict, or focussing on foreign policy.
But limiting the possibilities of NAPs to these issues, as Kozue Akibayashi said, avoids the original intention of UNSCR 1325, which was ‘about changing or transforming the very framework or concept of our ways of thinking about what security is’. Full article: http://wpsac.wordpress.com and click on ‘Blogging on women, peace and security’