On International Women’s Day, 8 March 2012, the Government launched the Australian National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2012-2018, at Garden Island, Sydney.
This National Action Plan is a whole of government effort, coordinated by the Office for Women. It will consolidate and build on the broad program of work already underway in Australia to integrate a gender perspective into peace and security efforts, protect women and girls’ human rights, particularly in relation to gender-based violence, and promote their participation in conflict prevention, management and resolution.
The delivery of a National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security is a 2010 Australian Government election commitment, and is Australia’s next step in implementing United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) and related resolutions under the UN Women, Peace and Security agenda.
UNSCR 1325 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 also underlines the essential role of women in conflict prevention, management and resolution.
The Government has consulted widely in developing the National Action Plan, releasing a Draft National Action Plan for a two-month public consultation period from August 2011 and hosting a roundtable discussion with non-government organisations in November 2011.