This speech by Defence Minister the Hon. Marise Payne to ANU was held at the Women and National Security Conference and discusses 'women, peace and security'. The speech covers the following topics: 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. ‘Perspective’: incorporating a gender perspective into policy, planning and operations.