The Australian Government is proud to release its draft National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. The National Action Plan outlines Australia’s framework to integrate gender considerations in all peace and security efforts and support work to eliminate violence against women in fragile, conflict and post-conflict situations where Australia operates.
The Government is seeking input from across Australia about the content of the National Action Plan. The views and ideas offered by the Australian community during the consultation process will help to inform the development of the final National Action Plan.
All Australians are invited to share their views by making a written submission either via email or by post, using the provided template.
Goals and objectives of the Australian National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security
Lodging a Submission
The Australian Government is committed to ensuring a fair, safe and secure nation for all Australians. As a good international citizen we strive to promote these values throughout our region and around the world to ensure that all women, men, girls and boys have the opportunity to lead safe and fulfilling lives and participate in all aspects of public life.
Actively supporting women's full participation in economic, social and political life is a key factor in reducing poverty, increasing the wellbeing of women and creating fair, safe and secure communities. It is especially difficult to advance equality between women and men and empower women during and after conflict. Situations of conflict pose specific challenges to ensuring women are safe and fully able to participate in the prevention, resolution and management of conflict.
In October 2000, the United Nations Security Council took a historic step to formally recognise the effect of conflict on women and girls by unanimously adopting Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. Resolution 1325 is a landmark international framework which recognises the essential role of women in the prevention of conflict and as full participants in post-conflict peacebuilding and reconstruction efforts.
Australia is a long-time supporter of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325. The Australian Government is proud that much work has already been undertaken, both internationally and domestically, to respond to the needs of women, and promote their participation role in conflict situations and post-conflict societies. However, further determined efforts are required. The Australian National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security will be an aspirational document that will commit Australia to this compelling objective.
The National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security will set out Australia's plan to integrate gender perspectives and recognition of gender-specific issues into all of our peace and security efforts and support work to eliminate violence against women in fragile, conflict and post-conflict situations where Australia operates.
Women are powerful agents of change. To achieve sustainable peace and security women's voices must be heard at all levels and stages of the peace process. Australia's National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security will provide a comprehensive framework to ensure that Australia plays its part in making this happen.
Minister for Employment Participation and Childcare; Minister for the Status of Women.
Making a Submission
This draft National Action Plan forms part of a whole-of-government approach to Women, Peace and Security. An Australian Government inter-departmental working group comprising members from relevant Government Departments and Agencies acts as the coordinating mechanism for the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the final National Action Plan.
The National Action Plan will be a living document, and mechanisms to ensure the comprehensive implementation, monitoring and evaluation will be determined as a result of the consultation process. The ongoing involvement of civil society organisations in developing, implementing and evaluating the final National Action Plan will be vital.
Interested individuals and organisations are invited to review and comment on this draft National Action Plan by providing a written submission. All submissions will be treated as public documents, and may be published in full on the FaHSCIA website.
Once the public consultation period concludes, the draft National Action Plan will be reviewed and the Australian National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security will be developed.
A feedback template is available at the end of this document to assist in the preparation of your submission.